Britishness – what is it exactly?

  • (New BAC: Axe « Identities and Exchanges »)

The definition of identity is who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way you are viewed by the world and the characteristics that define you. An example of identity is a person’s name . An example of identity are the traditional characteristics of a British person.

Cultural identity is the identity or feeling of belonging to a group. … These cultural identifiers can include: location, gender, race, history, nationality, language, sexuality, religious beliefs, ethnicity, aesthetics, and even food.

Let’s take a look at the idea of « Britishness ». What do you think of when you hear the word « British »?

  • What does it mean to be British?

Watch the video below made by Jo Malone London. It is a British perfume and scented candle brand, founded by Jo Malone in 1983. It has been owned since 1999 by Estée Lauder. The brand is known for its expensive perfumes, luxury candles, bath products, and room scents.

Which of these have you already heard of?

Ideas for teachers:

Go further with this lesson plan:

Why are Brits so obsessed with tea? You can find the lesson plan here with a video, worksheet, idiomatic expressions and ideas for discussion!


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