Lesson CAA-3

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Lesson goals

Test your vocabulary skills, deepen your understanding of postcolonialism by reading an article on cultural approproation as well as developing your writing skills by discussing the article and cultural appropriation in writing

Lesson activities

Vocabulary spelling quiz

Reading comprehension

Writing practice

Vocabulary spelling quiz

Rephrasing - how it works

Read the first sentence. Complete the second sentence so that is has a similar meaning to the first sentence by putting the word in bold in the blank space (...) . Change the word if necessary. You must use between two and five words. For example:

Reading comprehension

Take turns reading We need to talk about cultural appropriation: why Lionel Shriver's speech touched a nerve (Stephanie Convery, 2016)

Discuss the questions with your classmate(s) and share your thoughts and conclusions:

Writing practice

Time for the exercise: ~30 minutes

During this exercise, you will develop your, listening, writing and discussion skills

Optional: submit what you wrote and I will give you feedback

By yourself or together with your classmate(s), discuss and take notes on:

Quotes from Cultural Appropriation: Whose problem is it? BBC Stories

"I define cultural appropriation as taking something from a culture that isn’t your own and not giving the full or any sort of residue of credit back."

 "At the end of the day that is someone’s heritage. And I think in order to understand that on a deeper level I think you almost have to understand racism on a deeper level as well."

"The same people that say it's racist to say that a white person can’t wear a bindi are probably the same people that don’t necessarily understand that people have been aggressively downtrodden on for wearing that item."

"I don’t usually go to festivals, but that was probably the most upset I’ve been about cultural appropriation because I felt powerless being there, being surrounded by a lot of people who wouldn’t understand. And it's just... when I see other people doing it without any repercussions It just makes me think, why can't I just be? I can’t wear that myself and just have people treat me normally."

"When you are part of a culture for example, that society has told you how you look is wrong, for someone to then take that and then say, "Well I’m going to do it because it's fashionable and its cool now but it’s a music festival so who cares?" It’s very ignorant to the people that have had to go through those things. "

"Definitely, if someone was telling me that they felt offended, I would definitely offer to take a seat and to talk about it. But I think being open minded also comes in both ways and maybe they have to understand it's not an offence it’s more like a celebration."

"When people say they are trying to promote diversity and acceptance, I think it's very important to remember that not everybody wants "white validation". The point isn't that white people need to wear things to normalise things."

"We also have to identify when it happens and white people aren't necessarily a part of it. Because I think there's always this demonisation of like, "White people have done this again", or: "White people don't get it". I think it's beyond white privilege and I think you can look at other examples like Nicki Minaj with "Chun Li". I think if you do it, you have to be consistent with it."

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