The Interculture Quizzes have been developed by The Interculture Project team and
members of the Department of European Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University
partly as a means of investigating students' state of knowledge prior to residence
abroad and partly as the basis of learning activities which are built into the
Lancaster Residence Abroad Preparation Course.
A separate Identity Quiz was
developed to encourage students to reflect on their own cultural identity.
The quizzes that have been developed are specific to France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
Each quiz consists of approximately 30 questions, mostly multiple choice. An answer sheet
for each quiz enables students' answers to be collected and analysed, if appropriate.
Copies of the answer sheets can also be returned to the students for their own reference.
The quizzes having been completed by the students, actual and potential answers to
the various questions are discussed in small and/or large groups led preferably by a
number of nationals from the culture concerned.
Suggested responses and commentary have also been developed for each quiz,
designed to stimulate and support discussion rather than to provide 'one correct
Below are links to the country specific quizzes. Students - try answering the questions yourself before
looking at the suggested responses and commentary.
The Identity Quiz
A total number of 20 questions are
split into 5 sets of 4 questions and given out to groups of students in a
session. Different groups of students therefore discuss different
questions which creates added interest in the plenary discussion at the end.
An example of a set of questions is:
Rapidly write an answer to Questions 1- 4,
using the space on the question sheet.
Use as few
words as possible - one word where you can. Then discuss your 4 answers as a
1. What in your upbringing has most shaped you?
2. Which characteristic do you most dislike in other people?
3. What British food do you think you will most miss abroad?
4. Which aspects of British national character will people of the host
country be most suspicious of
in you? If you do not define
yourself as British, reflect on the implications of this these issues for your
own national identity
5. As a group, agree on one extra question which you think would be revealing of
identity and write it below …
The other questions to be used in TASK
- What do you see as your U.S.P. - your unique
- What do others most misunderstand about your
- Name four characteristics you associate with
- Which characteristics of the host country’s
people (name the country) do you think you’ll most appreciate?
- If you were a drink, which drink would you
- What do you find most difficult about
working in a group?
- Which trait of British character do you
- Your employer abroad tactfully suggests you
remove the stud from your lower lip. Would you?
- Of the clothes you wear, what best expresses
who you are?
- Which aspect of your personality will make
it hardest for you to fit in when abroad?
- Which personality trait do you think
foreigners most associate with Britishness?
- What most worries you about the P.R.A. -
period of residence abroad?
- Name a food that you cannot bear to eat.
- Which aspect of your personality will most
help you fit in when abroad?
- Which national characteristic in yourself
would you be most happy to lose?
- What most excites you about the P.R.A. -
period of residence abroad?
(Created by Jessica
Abrahams, Robert Crawshaw and David Steel of Lancaster University for The Interculture Project)
ICP Project Activities
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