This exercise is linked to the article: Australia – where multiculturalism works.
Divide students into two groups and instruct each group to discuss:
A. How would your life change if you moved to Australia with your family?
B. What would you be happy to leave behind, and what would you miss?
Then, together with the students, list the things that connect us and the things that divide us. Write it down on the board.
The first part of the exercise – 15 minutes total
Then read aloud some selected parts from the story. Students can take turns reading the excerpts. Suggestions: You can read the introduction until the first subhead, the paragraph starting with “Slovaks in Australia gave their own media” and the last section on page 8.
The second part of the exercise – 10 minutes
Students can write down the words they do not understand.
Then focus on the issue of adaptation and assimilation, and try to list the different levels of absorption and assimilation of the Slovaks that were mentioned in the story. You can write down the words they don’t know on the board.
This final part – 5 minutes
Let the students enumerate sites and places in Australia and those they would like to visit. You can show this video about Australia to the class.
If there is time left, you can discuss with students what places in Slovakia could be of interest to Australians, which tourist destinations they might enjoy, and which season of the year would be the most recommendable for Australian tourists.
11. Feb 2013 at 0:00 | Prepared by The Slovak Spectator team