Cultural Diversity – Singapore

Dear all,

Today we are going to start a new unit, in which you will learn more about different cultures around the world and the impact that this has on the host country.

Let’s  start by identifying the country we will learn about today: Singapore.

In this lesson you are going to listen to different people expressing their opinions about this country. After that you are going to read an article that provides details and figures about the rate of immigration to Singapore.

Before you listen, take a look at the map and answer the following questions

  • Where is Singapore located?
  • According to the images, what other cultures are part of this country?
  • Would you leave Chile to live in another country? Why?
  • What would be the things that you miss the most?



WHILE you listen, complete the following quotes
1. (Ian Fong) “Because as I mentioned, it’s a ________________  ________________”
2. (Brian Gothong Tan) “Singapore has changed a lot, not just ________________ also ________________ because…”
3. (Brian Gothong Tan) “People from ________________ ________________manage to live ________________”
4. (Woman on the street) “It is a very good country, like good ________________ and it provides very good________________”
5. (Nur Dian Rasid) “Singapore has developed so much over the past 25 years at ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________…”
6.  (Nur Dian Rasid) “Another thing that made us ________________ ________________ is the fact that Singapore  ________________ ________________ ________________…”
After listening discuss the questions below:

1. If you had the chance to live in Singapore, why would you select it as your first option?
2. Why is Singapore so advanced in comparison to other Asian countries?
Time to read! Open your book to page 134 and read the article
“Traditional cultures in Singapore”, after reading complete the activities on page 135. 

Written Assignment, Core topics and Sub topics

imagesDear all, we are going to start preparing for your Written Assignment. To that end, during today’s lesson you will see a presentation that will explain to you the more relevant and important characteristics of this evaluation.

Written assignment SL: Composed of two texts, a Task (250-400 words, excluding bibliography) and a Rationale (150-200 words).

The Task: Students produce a piece of writing that can be a “Diary entry”, ” Interview”, “News report”, “Set of instructions, guideline”, “Written correspondence”, “Blog entry”, among others.

Rationale: Students produce a piece of writing that must include 1.- “The subject investigated”, 2.- “A brief description of each of the sources”, 3.- “The student’s intended aim(s) and 4.- “Explanation of how the student intends to achieve his aim-choice of text types, audience, register, style and so on.

You have to choose one Core Topic: Communication and Media, Global Issues or Social relationships:

Then, you can do your research on the following subtopics as worked in class in these two years:

Communication and Media

  • Discrimination in advertisements.
  • Media censorship
  • The benefits of the mobile phone worldwide
  • Bias in the media

Global Issues

  • Global warming
  • Environmental care
  • Recycling
  • Poverty
  • Deforestation
  • Pollution

Social relationships

  • Third culture kids
  • Cultural identity
  • Prejudice, racism or discrimination (The apartheid)

Click on the following link to find the presentation Written Assignment – 2015

Written assignment sheet: Click here IIIM 2015

Uploading your sources…


Today you have to choose your sources. But first, you need to be clear about your chosen Core topic and Sub topic. Once ready, you may start. Keep the following in mind:

  • Sources can be articles, interviews, letters, reviews, set of instructions, brochures, etc.
  • Sources must have 250-400 words of length.
  • Wikipedia or similar will not be accepted.
  • Sources have to be different. You cannot have a source that a classmate used.
  • All sources must be originally written in English. Translations will not work.
  • All sources must refer to the reality of an English speaking country.
  • If you have further questions, ask your teacher.

Include information of your sources in the template. Click on the link next to your name. Use the following information to enter:

User name:   g16languagebslmackay

Password:     themackayschool

Benjamín Prieto:

Diego Corvalán:

Diego González:

Diego Jiménez:

Fernando Daviú:

Francisco Briones:

Franco Bertinelli:

Gerald Fox:

Joaquín Rojas:

Juan Pablo Sepúlveda:

Lorenzo Aste:

Lukas Kokaly:

Matías Barrientos:

Matías Battaglia:

Matías Hornauer:

Matías Mujica:

Miguel Hernández:

Matías Vargas:

Mikel Pinochet:

Nicolás Calderón:

Nicolás Kuperman:

Nicolás Ugarte:

Rodrigo Morales:

Sebastián Restrepo:

Stefano Romeo:

Tomás Ulibarry:

Vicente Pérez:


Important dates to consider

April 14th: Finish writing the interview.

April 16: Interview practice (1st period) / Written assignment assessment explanation (2nd period)

April 17: Finding sources for the Written assignment.

April 21: Anti-apartheid movement deadline. Link to the interview (video) must be in everybody’s websites before class time. Not complying with this instruction will mean that you will be discounted points of your final work.

Apartheid in South Africa

In today’s lesson you will work on a vocabulary activity that will introduce you to some topic related words that will help you to understand some concepts. You also are going to work two listening comprehension, one related to the Apartheid in South Africa and another one about Mandela’s Life.

To start this class pay attention to the following presentation that will give you background information about what happened in South Africa some years ago.


Listening 1: Living Under Apartheid


Listening 2: Nelson Mandela: Champion of Freedom