11. Adapting language (2/2)

  1. Have a discussion with your family, relatives, or peers about the different dialects and languages you speak. Do you know people who change their way of speaking depending on the person they are speaking with? Have you noticed you yourself adapting your way of speaking when speaking with different people? You can consider, for example, how you make use of dialects, profanities, or memes in your speech.
  2. Are there linguistic or cultural differences within your family, relatives, or social circle? Are there linguistic or cultural phenomena that either you or others need to explain to one another; or vice versa, phenomena that need to be explained to you? You can start by thinking about, for example, Internet culture or phenomena relating to a particular period in time.

For teachers: This task can also be used in Mother tongue and literature or Finnish/Swedish as a second language lessons.

19. Multilingual video application

Find a job vacancy online and prepare a mock video application in which you present yourself and your skills in several languages. Start the video in the language the job advertisement is written in. Remember to also mention your home language(s) and your cultural competences.

For teachers: The task can be used as a demonstration of oral proficiency, compiled for the purposes of the oral language proficiency certificate, in module 6, in pairs or individually.

18. Internationality in further studies and the world of work

Take out the inventory you made of your language skills in the tasks called “2. My language repertoire” and “23. My cultural competences“.

  1. Diverse language skills imply stronger interpersonal skills and the ability to work with different people. How do your language skills relate to the skills needed in the world of work?
  2. Consider how your cultural competence relates to skills needed in the world of work. In what situations and environments have you developed your cultural competences? How could you use your skills in the world of work?
  3. Summarise your cultural competences in a few sentences. You can place the summary you wrote in the “International competence” section of your Language CV.

23. My cultural competences

For comparison, take a look at the inventory you made of your language skills in task “2. My language repertoire”.

  1. What cultures are you familiar with? Which cultures do you identify with?
  2. What do the cultures you have listed have in common?
  3. Name and describe some customs, culinary traditions, or other prominent features of these cultures.
  4. In terms of cultural appropriateness, what features of communication do you associate with the cultures you listed? Consider, for example, the use of form of address, gestures, and physical proximity in interaction.
  5. What social features might be associated with them? Consider, for example, the importance of family and kinship, or the use of gendered language.
  6. What values could be associated with the cultures you listed (e.g., equality and equity in the Nordic countries, the pursuit of happiness and entrepreneurship in the United States)?
  7. Once all the members of your group have gone over the questions above, continue the discussion in groups. What was similar? What was different?

43. Language and culture outside school

  1. What things do you do outside school that relate to languages or cultures? Could you make use of the skills you learn outside school also in your studies at school?
  2. Do you have any out-of-school interests that involve languages and cultures but where language learning is not the main focus of learning? These include free time activities such as video games, sports, and art projects.