Welcome to our free lesson the cultural iceberg to give you practise for the IB English Language B exam. This is just one of the many lessons available to reinforce your learning so you feel confident when the IB English Language B exam day arrives. Our lessons are centred around five prescribed themes; identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization and sharing the planet. These themes are featured in the reading, writing, speaking and listening parts of the exam.
The Cultural Iceberg: Listening Practice
In this lesson, we will practice mainly our listening skills by learning about the cultural iceberg. Watch our video that will guide you through the lesson. You will be asked to pause the video to complete the activities in the tabs below.
You are going to watch a video explaining the theory and model of the cultural iceberg.
Listen to Abidemi talking about how being from Nigeria made her different and interesting at the same time. Answer the questions below.
This activitiy was adapted from a resource from ello.org.
Every language has a few words or phrases that may be misunderstood. Here are a few that you may find useful to add to your vocabulary.
boot – the “boot” is the compartment at the back of the car known as the “trunk” in American English
budge up – an informal way of asking someone to make room where they are sitting for you to sit down, too, would be asking them to “budge up.”
miffed – slightly irritated or annoyed.
splash out – to “splash out” means spending significant amounts of money on a particular item or event
take the mickey – to “take the Mickey” means to take liberties at the expense of others — and can be used in both a lighthearted and an irritated fashion.
You can find more British phrases here.
Here are the keywords and phrases covered in this lesson:
- the analogy of culture
- classroom experience
- concepts of time
- cultural differences
- cultural iceberg
- explicit manifestations
- grown accustomed
- implicit manifestations
- the tip of the iceberg
This topic provides students with an opportunity to discover their interests, values, belief and culture.
This topic provides students with an opportunity to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.
This topic provides students with an opportunity to explore the sciences, technology and creativity.
This topic provides students with an opportunity to explore the way in which groups of people organise themselves through common systems or interests.