immigration in Australia
Where are the Williams family from?
Why did they leave?
Where were they before they arrived in Australia?
What is the name of the organisation which is helping them to adjust to their new life?
How are they helping them?
What aspects of life in Australia are new for them?
What do they like about life in Australia?

Australian immigration fact sheet

more information about refugees worldwide

Australian Bureau of Statistics: census data

find some statistics on immigration in Australia from:

Go back to where you came from: Asylum seekers in Australia

watch one of these stories and take notes

immigration policy in the US

What changes were made to immigration policy?
Which ethnic group is affected?
When were the changes made?
How many immigrants are affected?
What requirements do the immigrants need to meet?
What's 'the Dream Act'?
Why do people think the policy was changed?
What is Mitt Romney's/the Republican party's opinion on the issue?

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customs and traditions listen and take detailed notes on each point

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Activity 1: Halloween’s history

Visit and read the first section entitled Ancient origins of Halloween. Look for the answers to these 13 (unlucky for some) questions. Share your answers with your classmates.

  1. Where is the celebration of Halloween thought to have come from?
  2. The Celts occupied an area of land covering three modern day countries. Name all three.
  3. Why did the Celts celebrate ’Samhain’ on the night of 31st October?
  4. What did the Celts believe the ghosts of the dead would cause damage and trouble to?
  5. To commemorate the event, what did the Druids build?
  6. What costumes did they wear?
  7. What did they re-light to help protect them from the coming winter?
  8. By 43 AD, who had conquered the Celts?
  9. What two other festivals were combined with ’Samhain’?
  10. After many changes due to the spread of Christianity, what new celebration was created in 1000 AD?
  11. What were the similarities between this day and ’Samhain’?
  12. What was another name given to this celebration?
  13. What was the night before called and what did this finally become?


  • Are you surprised by the history of Halloween?
  • Do you know any other stories about its origins?
  • Are there any celebrations in your country that have a strange and uncertain history?
  • Do you agree with this type of celebration?
  • Do you believe in ghosts and the supernatural?

research for presentation (warning!: do not copy and paste from the internet)

listen/watch: secrets to success

What are the secrets to success?
then join the discussion

watch: 5 things you should let your children do

What are they? Why should children be allowed to do them? Do you agree?

listen and summarise:

social networking

read and record the main points

Cyber-bullying spreads in the US

A new report on the influence of the Internet on US teens reports that one third of teenagers who surf the Net have been victims of cyber-bullying. The research, conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, says: “About one third of all teenagers who use the internet say they have been targets of a range of annoying and potentially menacing online activities – such as receiving threatening messages; having their private emails or text messages forwarded without consent; having an embarrassing picture posted without permission; or having rumors about them spread online.” However, the most common complaint from online teens was about private information being shared rather than direct threats or physical violence. Teenagers still believe that worse bullying happens offline.
The report discovered that as more young people join social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook, they are making themselves vulnerable by sharing more of their personal information online for cyber-bullies to find. The survey found that 39% of social network users had been cyber-bullied in some way, compared to 22% of online teens who had never used social networks. Report author Amanda Lenhart commented: "Bullying has entered the digital age. The impulses behind it are the same, but the effect is magnified. In the past, the materials of bullying would have been whispered, shouted or passed around. Now, with a few clicks, a photo, video or a conversation can be shared with hundreds via e-mail or millions through a website, online profile or blog posting.

Week 10. Customs and Traditions.
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings is a British documentary series broadcast on Channel 4, looking at the world of gypsies and Irish Travellers in Britain today. First broadcast in February 2010 as a one-off called My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, and part of the Cutting Edge series, a series of 5 episodes was commissioned and began in January 2011.

In Britain there is a large community of travellers or gypsies, they are divided into two categories: Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers. Both of these communities are notoriously secretive, adhering strictly to their own way of life.

1. Below are two clips from the documentary Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and I want you to make some notes about the following:

Girls' dress and behaviour

The importance of the wedding day in gypsy culture

Courtship in gypsy culture and the 'Time warp' (this is mentioned about 3.43 minutes into the first part)



The role of men and women in gypsy culture

What did you think of the wedding of Swanley and Josie?

Skip the first 4 minutes of this video

Skip from 7 minutes 30 seconds to 12 minutes

2. Follow up questions:

What else can you find out about Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers?
How do the differ?
How has their culture changed between the past and present?
What more can you find out about the role of men and women in gypsy culture?
Do they have their own language?
Give some examples of their traditions.

3. Choose a culture/time period

I want you to research a particular culture and its wedding customs (e.g marriage and wedding customs in Pakistan). It can be linked to your presentations from last week or be something entirely different. Take notes on any information you find and be ready to tell the class about what you learnt. It can also have a historical angle if you wish (e.g wedding customs in Ancient Rome)

Week 10 Customs and Traditions (continued part 2)


Take a look at the following short clip about 10 British traditions (the writing may be hard to read so I've included each of the traditions below in order) Find out more information about each - think about when and why the tradition began, where it takes place and what it symbolises.

Maypole dancing
Guy Fawkes night
Ascot Ladies Day
Morris Dancing
Pancake racing
Bog snorkelling
Cheese Rolling
Pearly Kings and Queens
Worm Charming

Cockney Rhyming Slang

One tradition that Britain is famous for is its Cockneys. Take a look at the next video and answer the questions.

What's Cokney rhyming slang?
What's a Cockney?
What's rhyming slang?
Who uses it?
Give 5 examples of Cockney Rhyming Slang.


What can you find out about Australian traditions and customs? Work with a partner and come up with between 5-10 traditions to share with the class.

watch: Sherry Turkle 'Alone Together'
In what ways does the speaker believe that technology is taking us palces we don't want to go?
What 'trouble' are we headed for?
What's the problem with not having 'real conversations?
What are the advantages of using technology for companionship?
What does she say about connection and isolation?

the Social Network

watch: The History of the Internet

family belongings:


Mustafa Akyol: Faith versus tradition in Islam