Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fasten Seat Belts 2 - Videos for Learning About Cultural Norms

Nearly four years ago I wrote about a neat set of videos about cultural norms. That set of videos was called Fasten Seat Belts. Fasten Seat Belts has been updated. The second version of Fasten Seat Belts, funded by the European Commission’s Life Long Learning Programme, picks up where the previous series left off.

Fasten Seat Belts is a neat website designed to help travelers learn the cultural norms of the places they plan to visit. Fasten Seat Belts offers videos for travelers going to countries in Europe and Asia. You can search for videos by country or by theme (table manners, bar customs, etc).

Applications for Education
I know of a few school's whose world language programs require students to learn about the cultural practices of the countries in which their language of study is spoken. These videos could be helpful for introducing or reminding students of some of those lessons. These videos could also be very valuable if you are taking students on a trip outside of their native countries.