Last Tuesday’s session with the wonderful group of people at the bank I teach gave me a lot of food for thought (again!). I felt that the whole lesson was leading to the wide topic of diversity. After a great opening warm-up conversation about our pastimes and favorite free-time activities (during which I realised – once again – how fit the Swiss are and how many great things they do to be in shape), we went to Global pre-intermediate, to the first unit describing people – their characteristics: hair, facial features, bodies and so on and this led us to finding synonyms and different ways of saying things. We either described the people in the pictures of the book or described people we knew. So there is diversity so far … different people, different interests, different characteristics.
Which had me thinking: here in Switzerland, I live in Zug, which is a very diverse city in terms of the population. As it is home to many of the largest multinational companies in the world, there are people from any country you can imagine living and working here. Every time I go out, I see or meet people from every corner of the earth – and they all live here, harmoniously.
Which then led me to another thought: I was fortunate enough to be born and live the next eight years of my life in Toronto, Canada. Not a long time but enough to influence me for the rest of my life. And I have been back and forth all these years as my father’s whole family lives there and we visit Toronto as often as possible. In school in Toronto, there were people from all over the world and luckily enough the Canadian educational model encourages children and their families to celebrate their heritage and roots. Toronto is the one of the most multicultural cities in the world and top in the world as far as people living together harmoniously is concerned, according to research done.
Multiculturalism, diversity … discussions, thoughts! All thanks to the great lessons we have at the bank which inspire us so much – and Global.