Teaching the Cultural Multiplicity of Canada as Example for Diversity of Language and Behaviour within a Country

Essay, 2012

10 Pages, Grade: 1,5


Table of Content

1. Abstract

2. Introduction

3. Canada´s Multiplicity

4. Canada in Comparison to Other Countries

5. Showing Canada´s Diversity to the Students and its Teaching Goals

6. Students Elaborating how Canada Got its Status

7. Conclusion

8. Works Cited

1. Abstract

Whether Canada is as multicultural as it seems or if it is just the country of the encounter of different cultures without bringing them closer to each other is often discussed talking about diversity within countries.

The population of Canada is culturally mixed because so many people from different cultural background live there. Nevertheless the globally admired multiculturalism of Canada is often regarded as superficially by other countries.

It is necessary for students to be informed about how it is possible for some countries like Canada to host such a variety of cultures. Apart from that, they get to know how people are able to live peacefully together although they come from different cultural background and pay attention to different traditions.

I analyze the differences between other countries and Canada in terms of multiculturalism and show how Canada portrays itself. This analysis finds out whether it is reality or ideology the inhabitants of Canada display. Afterwards I present methods of teaching the cultural diversity of Canada in school.

2. Introduction

“The term <<multiculturalism>> has been used by Canadians to refer to several different, but related, phenomena: the demographic reality of a Canadian population made up of peoples and groups representing a plurality of ethnocultural traditions and racial origins; a social ideal or value that accepts cultural pluralism as a positive and distinctive feature of Canadian society; and government policy initiatives designed to recognize, support, and – some might argue – manage cultural and racial pluralism at federal, provincial, and municipal levels” (Multicultural Canada Encyclopedia 2012).

Since Canada is a good example of how people with different cultural background live peacefully together it is appropriate to be presented in class to illustrate the mixture of languages and traditions within a country. The definition from above shows clearly how Canadians see themselves and how important multiculturalism is for their country.

Not only the two official languages- French and English- represent the diversity in Canada but also the languages many immigrants brought to the country need to be considered. An example might be Nova Scotia, the Eastern part of Canada, where Germans settled many years ago. Apart from the fact that there are even villages and cities where the majority of inhabitants is not originally Canadian, the German language is still preserved and used. Also, there are festivals called “Oktoberfest” imitating the German “Oktoberfest” which takes place every year in Munich.

So there are many reasons why Canada can be seen as a role model for other countries to manage the diversity in a satisfying way for the citizens. The students might be brought closer to that fact and they have to observe how it was possible to reach the current state Canada has.

First of all I will give an overview over the multiplicity in Canada and how people manage to live together mixing all kinds of cultures. Secondly, I will display the attitude of other countries towards Canada. That includes Asian countries like Japan as well as European countries. Then I will show how students can be brought closer to Canada´s culture and how they can be taught to understand the diversity of different languages and behaviour. The paper is concluded by an overview, resuming the most important points of teaching Canada´s different cultures in a classroom.

Showing the importance of multiculturalism in Canada and comparing it to other countries makes it comprehensible why it is important to teach this topic in a classroom.

3. Canada´s Multiplicity

The first steps towards Canada´s current status were made in 1971 when Canada established itself as the first multicultural nation worldwide. Considering the number of immigrants who become citizens in Canada it is very obvious that it is an important factor of moderate multicultural countries to welcome immigrants or guest workers as future citizens. The citizenship integration is the key factor of Canada´s successful dealing with multiculturalism within the country. Being accepted as a citizen in a foreign country is for most of the immigrants a reason to be proud of the new country they live in. So they try even harder to get along with people sharing either the same fate or being born there.

Becoming a citizen also means legitimated diversity and having the full rights of a citizen for people with different cultural background. In Canada there are many people from different foreign countries who enrich the country with their culture. It is important for the people to value every culture equally and to respect each other.

For example, there are so many immigrants from Asia in Western Canada that in call centers people even answer the phone talking Chinese. Additionally, it is important to consider the two official languages, French and English, which represent the acceptance of differences in nationality and language in Canada.

So Canada shows much tolerance towards other cultures.

4. Canada in Comparison to Other Countries

Having Canada as a tolerant country one can easily compare it to other countries. While Canada is a classical immigration country, countries like Germany are modern ones with monocultural traditions. So it is illusionary for many countries to see Canada as an example for multiculturalism which they want to follow since many countries, like for instance Japan, are just at their starting point of integration. Although Germany as well as Japan are obliged to accept refugees, the Canadian multiculturalism has developed in a special social and historical context. Its history is the history of immigration while Germany and Japan have a monocultural fundament in their country.

The problem with countries like Germany is that for example “Turkish guest workers and other immigrants were never welcomed as future citizens” (Bloemraad 2010). Acceptance was very obviously the key factor of the working diversity and multiculturalism in Canada. So there are many differences between the multiculturalism in Canada and the multiplicity of cultures in Germany or Japan.

5. Showing Canada´s Diversity to the Students and its Teaching Goals

It is necessary for many countries like Germany to accept immigration especially for demographic reasons, so students need to be made aware of the political background which makes it possible to allow diversity of cultures within a country.

Additionally, students need to know how it is possible that people who come from different countries and who share neither language nor culture are able to live peacefully together and accept and tolerate each other. They also learn to be tolerant towards different cultures, religions and attitudes and to accept people as they are.


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Teaching the Cultural Multiplicity of Canada as Example for Diversity of Language and Behaviour within a Country
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Anastasia Wolter (Author), 2012, Teaching the Cultural Multiplicity of Canada as Example for Diversity of Language and Behaviour within a Country, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/286753


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