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Activity 3

Celebrating Living Together

B1
Group 1


Poetry crosses all boundaries, including age, gender, ethnicity and culture. […]

Again, our annual celebration of poetry has broken all records, with more than 150 events and competitions scheduled to take place nationwide. Expect #NZPoetryDay to trend on Twitter and people to greet each other in the streets saying, happy poetry day.’

Held every year on the fourth Friday in August, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day unites poetry fans from all over Aotearoa in an action-packed programme of poetry slams and rap, open mic and spoken word performances, pop-up events, book launches, readings and competitions.

This year’s celebration will be visible in communities all over Aotearoa – from pavements and public transport to parks, beaches, cafés, bars, bookshops, schools, university campuses, libraries, RSAs, community centres, marae and more. Many of the programmed events will be open to the public and free to enjoy. […]

Established in 1997, National Poetry Day is a popular fixture on the nation’s cultural calendar and one that celebrates discovery, diversity and community.

“Celebrating the unifying power of poetry”, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust and Sarah Thornton, The Big Idea, 2019.
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1
a. Focus on the 2nd and the 3rd paragraphs: pick out the number and medium mentioned. What do they correspond to?



b. Focus on the 3rd and the 4th paragraphs: when is it held and what types of performances take place on that day?



c. Focus on the 4th paragraph to the end: where are the art performances held?

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2
True or false? Justify using a quote and rephrasing in your own words.


1) Poetry Day is popular in New Zealand.



2) The event is meant to be accessible to everyone.

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B2
Group 2


The Speech Awards […] are a platform for senior high school students to express their ideas on how we can improve race relations in Aotearoa1. The Speech Awards give eloquent and thoughtful young people a chance to speak their minds and give the rest of New Zealand a chance to listen to the leaders of tomorrow. The Speech Awards are held in support of Race Relations Day.

“The Race Unity Speech Awards and Hui are initiatives of the New Zealand Baha’i Community”, Raceunity.nz.

1. Māori name for New Zealand
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1
a. On what day is the competition held?



b. Pick out adjectives. What are the qualities required to participate in this competition?

Adjectives:
Qualities required:
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2
What is the aim of the competition?

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B1+
Group 3


In fact, nine out of ten migrants find the welcome they receive meets or exceeds their expectations, according to a recent Immigration New Zealand survey. […]

Nine councils across five regions are working with their communities to pilot Welcoming Communities, which puts out the welcome mat to newcomers – recent migrants, former refugees and international students. […]

The spirit of welcome runs deep here. Māori have a word for it – Manaakitanga. Loosely translated as hospitality, Manaakitanga sums up the act of welcoming and looking after guests.

The idea is that by offering hospitality, generosity and mutual respect everyone involved comes out better off.

“A warm welcome, New Zealanders open their hearts to newcomers”, New Zealand Immigration, NewZealandnow.govt.nz.
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1
a. True or false? Justify using a quote and rephrasing in your own words.


1) Newcomers are warmly welcomed in New Zealand.



2) Welcoming people is something new in New Zealand.



3) New Zealanders think that welcoming immigrants is a way to build bridges.



b. What are the “Welcoming Committees”? What kind of people do they welcome?



c. Explain in your own words the notion of Manaakitanga.

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2
What is the aim of the text? Is it objective?

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3
Now that you have studied the text, watch the video and pick out as much information as you can.


Who?

What?

Where / When?

What for?

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4
a. Which lexical fields are developed in this video?



b. Are they critical or praising?

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5
a. What is the message conveyed through this video?



b. Who is the message aimed at? Choose the right answer and explain.
  • foreigners
  • Maori people
  • all New Zealanders
  • the government


c. How is it similar to or different from the message of the text you studied?

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MEDIATION
Groups 1, 2 & 3
Let's recap! Do you think art can be a medium of / for unity? Explain.

Useful vocabulary: To my mind, art can be a way to express... As far as I am concerned, art alone cannot lead to unity because... As for me...


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