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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Globalization ...

English Club “Discovery”
 Activity 1. Read it carefully and think about it a second or two. Do you have the following situations in your life?
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.
Activity 2. How do you understand the meaning of the words “nodders” and “shakers”? When do you feel yourself as a “nodder” or a “shaker”?

Discussion: Globalization
What does globalization mean to you? With your partner brainstorm all the words and phrases you associate with globalization.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of globalization? Look at the following words and phrases, and then write them in the correct column below.

Multi-ethnic/ multi-cultural society, fast food/fizzy drinks,
globally popular films and songs, English as a global language,
multi-national corporations, changes in national identity (changes of traditions and customs), industrial development, global market, international trade agreements, ecological problems


  1. Do you agree that globalization leads to poverty? There are some statements: in order to reduce poverty people in poor countries should have fewer children. What do you think about it?
  2. Do you think that globalization leads to disasters? (sunken vessels, earthquakes).
Read the following questions and use them to start a conversation with your partner. For each question consider the following points:
food family traditions music education clothes travel trade communication etc.
  1. How has globalization affected your country?
  2. How has globalization affected you personally?
  3. Do you think that globalization will affect you more or less in the future?
  4. In what ways do you think globalization will benefit the world in the future?
  5. Who do you think benefits most/least from globalization? Why?

The Sunken Vessels
The U.S.S. Indianapolis was a U.S. heavy cruiser which delivered one of the detonators for the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. Since it had helped cause such terrible destruction, some people believed that the fate of the ship and its crew was “God’s punishment”. On 9, July just a week before the obliteration of Hiroshima, the Indianapolis became the last warship to be sunk in World War II, when she was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine while returning to San Francisco. Of the 1,199 crew members, 850 swam free – only to be left in the water for more than three days. When they were finally spotted by an aircraft, 84 hours later, only 316 remained.

U.S.S Thresher
The sinking of one of the first true nuclear attack submarines, the U.S.S. Thresher, is a mystery to this day, thresher sailed from New Hampshire on 9 April, 1963, with 129 people on board, including 13 civilians. During a slow dive to deep water thresher signaled that she had reached 400 feet and was “checking for leaks”. At 9:13 am, she said that she was “experiencing minor difficulty”. 4 minutes later, incomprehensible transmissions came over on her escort’s hydroplane, followed by two explosions and the sound of the sub breaking up. The sub had clearly imploded under tremendous pressure on her way to the bottom.  

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