The more I travel the more I see the same clothing, businesses and food. On one hand, it is amazing that I can travel to many places in the world without fluency in another language because English is widespread. On the other hand, the spread of western culture takes away from the uniqueness of different cultures. Many of the effects of globalization can be positive such as the spread of economic development and foods throughout the world. However, globalization can have some devastating effects on cultures and can even lead to the extinction of languages.
Globalization from National Geographic is an excellent resource for providing examples of globalization and background information about the topic. The images at the top of the page show varied examples of globalization such as a man in Kenya talking on a cell phone and an image of the Silk Road. At the bottom of the page you will find descriptions of how topics like history, communication and popular culture relate to globalization.
- Divide the class into groups and assign each group an image. Have the group describe how the image relates to globalization by using specific examples from the photo.
- Assign each student a topic from the bottom of the page such as Globalization in History, Communication, Travel, Popular Culture, Economy and Politics. Have each student summarize the topic and create a poster about how it relates to globalization.