Cultural Awareness Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

This lesson plan will engage your English Language Learners in a discussion of the different aspects of culture, in order to build cultural awareness. They will compare and contrast several aspects of culture, using personal examples.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss aspects of culture
  • share examples from their own cultures
  • compare and contrast different cultures
  • engage in discussions with peers
  • ask and answer questions


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • ELP 9-12.1

An ELL can construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade-appropriate listening, reading, and viewing.

  • ELP 9-12.3

An ELL can speak and write about grade-appropriate complex literary and informational texts and topics.

  • ELP 9-12.8

An ELL can determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text.

  • ELP 9-12.9

An ELL can create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.

Materials Needed

  • Whiteboard or blackboard
  • Image of an iceberg
  • Chart showing aspects of culture


  • Cultural Awareness
  • Culture

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