Cultural Sensitivities.

I’m not just a dashing Thermomix consultant. By day I’m a mild-mannered English teacher in a suburban high school, teaching English and EAL (English as an Additional Language) to kids who make me laugh every day. However, sometimes you get more than you bargain for when you’re in this job. Kids are unpredictable.

My year 9 EAL class has lots of kids from Asia. They had to write a story using an event from their own lives, but writing it in the style of Christopher from ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.” It’s a difficult challenge for kids who’re writing in a language not their own, but I was correcting them and was really pleased with how well most of them had done. Then I read G’s story.

Basically…. He had a dog. He loved the dog. It was his best friend in all the world. The dog died. They ate it. He’s happy that the dog will now be with him forever living in his belly.

It was a very difficult story to mark. Still, it made for interesting classroom discussion, when we talked about why Australians react so differently when they hear things like this. (I kept seeing Poppy and Jeff’s little faces….)

Thermomix Recipe: Flatbread

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4 Responses to Cultural Sensitivities.

  1. Pip Frost says:

    Gosh, is it worse that they ate it after it got sick and died in some way or that they killed it? Poor dog.

  2. Peta Hills says:

    I rather expected to see a Thermomix recipe for dog at the bottom of your blog post. Lol

  3. Urspo says:

    I suppose proper grammar takes precedence to diet preferences.

  4. Fairlie says:

    We had a gorgeous cycling tour guide in Vietnam who told us a very similar story. Except her dog wasn’t sick…she just came home one day to find it had become dinner. She told it in such a matter-of-fact way…and several of our group were fanatical dog lovers, so were horrified. It really brought home the concept of culture shock.

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