When you learn a language it is important to also learn about the culture of that language.

What is Culture?

Culture is many things – some can be seen clearly while others cannot.

  • Language
  • Architecture
  • Food
  • Population
  • Music
  • Clothing
  • Art and literature
  • Pace of life
  • Emotional display
  • Gestures
  • Leisure activities
  • Eye contact
  • Sports
  • Notions of time
  • How the individual fits into society
  • Beliefs about human nature
  • Rules about relationships
  • Importance of work
  • Motivations for achievement
  • Roles of adults and children within family
  • Tolerance for change
  • Expectation of macho behaviour
  • Importance of face, harmony
  • Preference for leadership systems
  • Communication styles
  • Attitudes about men’s / women’s roles
  • Preference for thinking style – linear or systematic

In this era of globalisation it is important to be able to communicate with people from other cultures. To understand other people’s culture you must first understand your own culture.

How well do you know Chinese culture? Take this quiz and post your results on the discussion tab.

How well do you know Australian culture? Take this quiz and post your results on the discussion tab.

Now test your knowledge of country locations in Oceana. Name some of the countries you didn't know on the discussion page.

Now have a look at “Interesting Facts and Information about Countries and Cultures; travel, language, people, history and more!!” Choose a country and find an interesting fact and post it on the discussion tab.

Finally, watch the video about the “International Culture and Tourism Festival” (Kunming Carnival). Download the Word document with the transcript. When you download the word document go to “tools” and select “Track Changes”. Watch the video and fill in the missing words in the transcript. They will appear in red. Rename your document - call it your name - and send the completed work by email to your teacher.