Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In Bruges & Breakfast with Scot: Respecting Differences

It is important to discuss discrimination/intolerance in the classroom, especially when you can provide food for thought for the students to respect each other's differences.

Disrespect: lack of respect.

Inolerance: unwillingness to accept behaviour and beliefs which are different from your own, although you might not agree with or approve of them.

Prejudice: an unfair and unreasonable opinion or feeling, especially when formed without enough thought or knowledge.

Discrimination: treating a person or particular group of people differently, especially in a worse way from the way in which you treat other people, because of their skin colour, religion, sex, etc.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

What does the word “respect” mean to you?

I. Discuss these questions in pairs:

- How do you exemplify respect in your life?

- How does respect differ from tolerance?

- How do disrespect, intolerance, prejudice, and discrimination differ from one another?

- Why is respect important in our world today?

- Who deserves respect but often does not receive it? Why is this the case?

Work in pairs:

1. It is important to respect people who are older than you are. I agree/disagree because:

2. When you do not respect your family heritage, you do not respect yourself. I agree/disagree because:

3. It is important to respect your community. I agree/disagree because:

4. Respecting yourself is more important than respecting others. I agree/disagree because:

5. Students at this school are respectful. I agree/disagree because:

Work in pairs and decide if you agree with these statements. Justify your answers.

1. You have to like a person to be respectful. You don't have to be be respectful when you don't care about him/her.

2. There is racial discrimination where you live.

3. There is explicit homossexual discrimination where I live.

4. It is harder to respect someone who is very different from us.

5. Most people discriminate overweighed people.

6. People are discriminated because of their (lack) of attitude.

Wacth the segment of the movie In Bruges and discuss the questions.

1. Describe the scene.

2. Do you think there is discrimination or intolerance in the scene? Explain it.

3. What kind of discrimination/intolerance is shown?

4. How do you describe the reactions/attitude of the characters involved in the scene.

5. What would you recommend the characters do in that situation?

Watch the scene from the movie Breakfast with Scot and discuss the questions.

1. How conventional is the family in the scene?

2. How do they treat each other's differences?

3. Is there discrimination/intolerance shown in the scene?

4. Would the characters suffer any kind of discrimation because of the way they behave?

5. Do you think this family is a good/successful model? Why (not)?




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