Third Culture Kids

1.- Read the text in the IB CC book p. 147 and then answer the following questions on your copybook:

a.- What reason is given for the growing number of TCKs?

Greater internationalism

b.- Find two reasons why TCKs are different from other children.

They create their own sub-cultures / They are highly mobile / They frequently relocate (Any 2)

c.- Dr. Ruth Useem has given two definitions of TCKs. In what way is the second definition different from the first?

1.- The first definition emphasizes a movement into another place.

2.- The second definition emphasizes a movement into another culture.

d.- According to the writer, what advantages do TCKs have in terms of knowledge of the world?

Knowledge of different cultures and values, ability to compare local and international issues and understanding of human rights.

f.- Although it is not expressly stated, why are these children called Third Culture Kids? What are the three cultures to which they belong?

Parent’s culture(s), the host culture in which they live and their own sub-culture as TCKs.

2.- Find the word in the column on the right that could meaningfully replace each of the words on the left:

 Column A Column B
 a.- sub-culture (line 5)b.- phenomenon (line 15)c.- relocate (line 20)d.- exposed (line 21)

e.- assimilated (line 45)

f.- accumulated (line 62)

g.- position themselves (lines 67-68)

h.- integrating (line 68)

i.- cross-culturalists (lines 80-81)

j.- peers (line 88)

1.- combine2.- find their place3.- social nomads4.- interpretation

5.- lost over time

6.- shown

7.- people of the same age

8.- absorbed

9.- including

10.- move home

11.- of the same period

12.- insignificant

13.- collected

14.- added to

15.- social trend

3.- Scan the text to find whether the following sentences are true or false. Justify each answer with a relevant quotation from the text.

a.- Third Culture Kids belong to a new social trend.

b.- TCKs tend to live outside their own country while growing up.

c.- TCKs can have contact with several different cultures.

d.- Some TCKs have identity problems.

e.- Some TCKs tend to be very fixed in their views.





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