Never in my classroom – avoiding stereotypes

Discussing characteristics that are associated with a particular culture is littering with a minefield of cliches, stereotypes, faux pas and potential conflict. So of course, finding the right way to lead into teaching the subject has its challenges.  I have switched between differing approaches but was pleasantly surprised my recent method had success. I adopted a humorous way […]

Create5 cooking – home made bread, und Bäckerei

Back in the day my Mum made her own bread, and a nose memory that lingers to this day is the kitchen and corridor filling with the smell of fresh loaves, wafting through the family home.  Bread making is someat that we have lost in that fight for time, & money. Losing what is a […]

More European- lingo & multi-culti Olympic gems

In no way whatsoever am I a fan of the hype behind the Olympics, the mismanagement of tickets or some of the exclusivity contracts made between the organizers and the sponsors. However there have been some lingo and cultural gems hidden in the media deluge. Most recently exposing American athletes to the genuine Cockney accent. Here you […]

More European – has multiculturalism really failed?

As a tangental follow up to my post Do you speak the lingo? another kinda related topic. It seems from the perspective of German and British politics to be the case. Within the space of a few months we have heard the heads of Government proclaiming this failure. Firstly Angela Merkel expressed that there had been […]