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In lesson 8 on language and culture, in contrast, student collaboration entailed filling in Geertz’s (1973) iceberg. This was actually in place of the normal teacher-led introduction of a theme on cultural models in which the following instructions were given: Geertz said that what we see is above the waterline. What we cannot see is below the water. What do we see and what don’t we see when we meet people from different cultures? Write them in the following iceberg:

Clothes

Festivals Houses Food

Faces/body

Skin

Language

Ways of thinking:

Marriage Family

Education

Religion

Negotiation

In lesson 10 on image and association student collaboration was focused on finding colour-based associations in their own culture and comparing them with the given associations from the UK and those of other students in the class, forming a UK

  • Japan – China contrast, as below:

Colour Black

UK Depression Humour In credit

Japan Depression Noble

China Evil Bad luck

Red

Angry Embarrassed Danger

Angry In debt (akaji)

Good luck Beauty Loyalty

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