British Culture

General Resources: Film and TV, The Making of Harry Potter, Wizarding World of Harry Potter (USJ)

Topics for 23 May (Education System)

Terms of address: When/Who would say the following in conversation? “Harry”, “Potter”, “Mr Potter”, “Harry Potter”, “Potter, Harry”.

“Albus”, “Dumbledore”, “Albus Dumbledore”, “Professor Dumbledore”, “Sir”

What does this all say about the relationship between Harry and Hagrid?

The Education System: When is the school year in the UK? What is a “public school”? What is a “state school”? What kind of school is Hogwarts? How do you know? In what ways is Hogwarts more like university than school?

Viewing materials: 00:48:00-00:53:30

Link: The Education Systemeducation-system-united-kingdom, Eton College,  London AcademyHarry Potter Locations in Oxford, Christ Church College Oxford

Houses and Uniforms: What are the houses at Hogwarts? How is this like a British school? Do British children wear school uniforms?

Reading materials: p. 122

Exams: Japanese schools follow the “graduation + entrance exam” model. British schools follow the “qualifications” model. What is the difference? What exams to British children take?

Viewing materials: (As above)

Reading materials: Order of the Phoenix p. 288

Link: UCAS and application to university, OWLs at Hogwarts, NEWTs at Hogwarts

Sport: Why are the How does sport fit into the curriculum? How is Quidditch very “British”?

Viewing Materials: Chapter 20.

Topics for 9 May (Buildings and Architecture):

Houses: What kind of houses do British people live in? What are the characteristics of the Dursleys’ house? Where is the post delivered?

Reading Materials: Magical Places, p. 14-15. Viewing Materials: 0:04:10, and then beginning of the next track.

Stations/Platform 9 3/4: What do you know about the British railway system? Where is King’s Cross?

Link: Platform 9 3/4 Shop, National Rail Map

Viewing Materials: 00:31:00

Shopping Streets/Diagon Alley: What do you know about shopping streets or shopping malls in the UK?

Reading Materials: Magical Places, p. 24-25. Viewing Materials: 00:20:30

Hogwarts: What type of artitecture is Hogwarts modeled on? Which castles, cathedrals and colleges in the UK do you know? What is the Great Hall modeled on?

Reading Materials: Philosopher’s Stone pp. 124-125. Viewing Materials: 00:38:30, and then beginning of the next track.

Topics for 25 April (Food):

Birthdays and Birthday Cake: How do you celebrate birthdays in your family or with your friends? What cake do you have?

Link: Cakes

Reading Materials: pp. 51-52. Viewing Materials: Track 4 (14:00).

Confectionary: What kind of confectionary do you like? When you were young, what kind of confectionary did you eat? Do you know any British confectionary?

Link: British Confectionary

Reading Materials: pp. 107-109. Viewing Materials: Track 10 (34:50).

Food: Do you know any traditional British food? What is your image of the quality of British food? Have you ever eaten at a British restaurant?

Links: Food and DrinkBritish Food

Reading Materials: pp. 131-133. Viewing Materials: Track 13 (46:20).

Pubs: Have you been to a British pub in Britain? Have you been to a “pub” in Japan? What are the characteristics of British pubs?

Links: A video about pubs

Reading Materials: pp. 73. Viewing Materials: Track 5 (18:20).