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Published: 07/05/2019
KS5 | Plays
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Attitudes to language and nationality

Attitudes to language and nationality differ between characters and change from the start to the end of the play. These activities help students track these differences and changes, focusing on Acts 1 and 3 with some referencs to Act 2 Scene 1. Detailed teacher notes and suggested answers are included.

Activity 1

In this activity, students explore the different groups of characters in Acts 1 and 2:

  • characters whose first language is Irish but who also know English, Latin and Greek and teach the classics
  • characters whose only language is Irish, with negative attitudes to other languages and cultures
  • characters whose first language is Irish but who are learning classical languages
  • Irish characters who are presented as valuing English
  • Sarah
  • English characters who speak only English.

Activity 2

Students explore which characters have changed their opinions of Irish versus English versus the classics, and how, using quotations to support their explanations.  

Activity 3

Edexcel and OCR Language and Literature exam style questions help students demonstrate what they have learned. One example:

Discuss how Friel presents different attitudes to language and nationality in Translations

   

See other resources: Translations by Brian Friel


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