Ch 3: Discussing Culture & Health with ESL Students

About This Chapter

When trying to teach ESL students aspects of popular culture and health topics in the classroom, it can be difficult to effectively engage them in conversations. Use the lessons and quizzes in this chapter to discover new questions you can ask and ways you can create a dialogue about these topics.

Discussing Culture & Health with ESL Students - Chapter Summary

Throughout this chapter you will learn important ways to discuss and teach cultural and health-related topics to an ESL class, including:

  • Conversation starters covering hobbies and games
  • How to discuss social media, beauty care and gender with your students
  • Important dialogue about food, restaurants and entertainment options

These video lessons help you brainstorm ideas for a class plan, while the interactive quizzes allow you to review the most important topics covered. Each discussion, conversation or dialogue plan on health and culture will be tested by the chapter exam at the end of the lesson set.

How It Helps

  • Creates multiple possible lesson goals: You'll learn different ways to create a lesson on culture or health for ESL students.
  • Provides multiple question sets: Each of these lessons provides you with questions you can ask your students to more effectively engage their attention.
  • Enhances student understanding: By emphasizing the activities and popular culture items your students see everyday, you effectively motivate them to continue conversations.

Skills Covered

When you have finished the lessons available in this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Prepare yourself with comprehensive questions to ask about your student's lives and experiences
  • Understand how to converse about important hobbies, games and leisure activities
  • Effectively use current events and day-to-day activities to engage your students
  • Improve student interaction by emphasizing the utility of the topics covered

48 Lessons in Chapter 3: Discussing Culture & Health with ESL Students
ESL Religion Lesson Plan

1. ESL Religion Lesson Plan

Activities in this lesson plan will involve your English Language Learners in discussions about religion and places of worship. Students will learn vocabulary related to religious places, people, and things, as well as common religions.

Teaching ESL Students Using Humor & Jokes

2. Teaching ESL Students Using Humor & Jokes

Using humor to teach students can be a challenge, and it adds complexity when you use humor with English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. This lesson provides teachers with practical guidance on how to use humor to teach ESL students.

ESL Music Lesson Plan for High School

3. ESL Music Lesson Plan for High School

This lesson plan provides teachers with vocabulary and activities that can be used to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) students about basic music vocabulary.

Teaching Sarcasm to ESL Students

4. Teaching Sarcasm to ESL Students

Teaching sarcasm can be challenging, but it's not impossible. This lesson details methods and tips teachers can use to teach sarcasm to English as a second language (ESL) students.

ESL Health Care Discussion Questions

5. ESL Health Care Discussion Questions

When we use health care as a discussion topic for our English as a second language (ESL) students, they not only put their conversational skills to work but also learn new vocabulary, as we'll cover in this lesson.

ESL Stress Management Lesson Plan

6. ESL Stress Management Lesson Plan

This lesson plan for English Language Learners focuses on stress-related idioms and tips for stress management. Students also make a stress ball that they can use to help them relax.

Dentist ESL Lesson Plan

7. Dentist ESL Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, ESL students will learn about the dentist. During a read-aloud, students will preview and discuss essential vocabulary words, as well as having a discussion with guided questions. As a performance task, students will illustrate and write their newly acquired vocabulary words.

ESL Video Games Lesson Plan

8. ESL Video Games Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you develop ESL learners' vocabularies related to video games as they play a game, discuss it in a conversation, and write a game review that is shared with the class.

ESL Internet Addiction Lesson Plan

9. ESL Internet Addiction Lesson Plan

This lesson focuses on introducing the topic of Internet addiction to ESL students. The activities included in this lesson are designed to educate ESL students on Internet addiction and improve comprehension and use of related terminology and concepts.

Olympics Lesson Plan for ESL Students

10. Olympics Lesson Plan for ESL Students

In this lesson plan, ESL students will learn about the Olympics. After explicit vocabulary instruction, students will apply what they have learned in two different writing activities.

ESL Zodiac Signs Lesson Plan

11. ESL Zodiac Signs Lesson Plan

This lesson plan helps ESL students increase their vocabulary about personality traits and characteristics using a fun group exercise and presentation about their zodiac signs.

ESL Photography Lesson Plan

12. ESL Photography Lesson Plan

Smile and say cheese! Activities in this lesson plan will involve English Language Learners exploring cameras and photography, culminating in their developing a children's book using photography for illustrations.

World Records Lesson Plan for ESL Students

13. World Records Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Through engaging your English Language Learners in an exploration of world records, this lesson plan will help you support their growth in vocabulary, oral conversation, and written expression. Students will have a chance to complete their a world record scavenger hunt.

Music Discussion Questions for ESL Students

14. Music Discussion Questions for ESL Students

In this lesson, teachers will learn about using discussion questions about music with English as a Second Language (ESL) students. A list of sample questions about students' experiences and preferences relating to music will be included.

ESL Conversation Questions About Video Games

15. ESL Conversation Questions About Video Games

In this lesson, teachers will learn how to use conversation questions about video games with English as a Second Language (ESL) students. A list of sample discussion questions will be included.

Social Media Questions for ESL Students

16. Social Media Questions for ESL Students

Talking about social media can be a great way to get ESL students engaged and excited about conversation. The questions in this lesson are sure to get your students talking and thinking.

Body Language Questions for ESL Students

17. Body Language Questions for ESL Students

This lesson introduces the concept of body language and provides discussion questions to be used with ESL students of varying ages and ability levels. Additional considerations for implementation are offered.

Gender Discussion Questions for ESL Students

18. Gender Discussion Questions for ESL Students

Getting ESL students talking deeply about meaningful topics can be a great way for them to practice conversational skills. This lesson offers questions about gender that will get good conversations going.

ESL Discussion Questions About Happiness

19. ESL Discussion Questions About Happiness

Getting your ESL students talking and listening to one another is one of the best ways to help them practice their English. The questions about happiness in this lesson will catalyze deep conversation.

ESL Beauty Discussion Questions

20. ESL Beauty Discussion Questions

In this lesson, teachers will learn about using discussion questions about beauty with English as a Second Language (ESL) students to help develop oral language and social skills. A list of sample discussion questions about beauty will be included.

ESL Discussion Questions About Fashion

21. ESL Discussion Questions About Fashion

Fashion is a topic that can engage ESL students in live conversation, especially if you ask interesting questions. This lesson provides you with an introduction and a list of questions for students to discuss.

Cosmetic Surgery Questions for ESL Students

22. Cosmetic Surgery Questions for ESL Students

In this lesson, teachers will learn about facilitating discussions about cosmetic surgery with partners or small groups of English as a Second Language (ESL) students. A list of sample discussion questions will be included.

Hobbies Questions for ESL Students

23. Hobbies Questions for ESL Students

Hobbies are one of the first topics ESL (English as a Second Language) students learn. Because of this, it's important to provide them with ample time to practice discussing hobby-related topics. This lesson provides teachers with hobby-related questions for use in an ESL classroom.

ESL Shopping Dialogues

24. ESL Shopping Dialogues

Shopping is a necessary (and often fun) activity that everyone engages in on a regular basis. In this lesson, we will provide examples of shopping dialogues for ESL students of varying ages and language levels.

ESL Discussion Questions About Shopping

25. ESL Discussion Questions About Shopping

Love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion about shopping. This lesson provides ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers with shopping-related conversation questions for classroom use.

Questions About Stress for ESL Students

26. Questions About Stress for ESL Students

In this lesson, teachers will learn about facilitating conversations between English as a Second Language (ESL) students about stress. A list of sample discussion questions about stress will be included.

ESL Conversation Questions About Sleep

27. ESL Conversation Questions About Sleep

In this lesson, teachers will explore conversation questions about sleep and dreams to ask English as a second language students. It includes a list of sample discussion questions about students' background knowledge, sleeping habits and experiences with dreaming.

ESL Community Service Lesson Plan

28. ESL Community Service Lesson Plan

The goal of this lesson plan is to provide your English Language Learners with information and vocabulary needed to become volunteers at community organizations.

ESL Daily Life Lesson Plan

29. ESL Daily Life Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will build a timeline depicting their daily events. Additionally, students will be exposed to common words that show frequency and begin to describe their daily lives using these terms.

ESL Fashion Lesson Plan

30. ESL Fashion Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, ELL's will learn about American fashion. They will engage in a collaborative discussion about fashion, examine fashion throughout history and create a vision board that expresses their own personal style.

ESL Weather Report Lesson Plan

31. ESL Weather Report Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides ESL (English as a Second Language) students with both individual and group activities designed to teach weather report related speaking and writing skills.

ESL Sports Lesson Plan

32. ESL Sports Lesson Plan

This lesson provides sports related group and individual exercises for teachers to use with ESL (English as a Second Language) students of varying ages and abilities.

ESL Good Manners Lesson Plan

33. ESL Good Manners Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, ELL students will learn about good manners. This lesson plan involves a wide variety of activities with a focus on good manners in conversation, at the dinner table and in public.

ESL Healthcare Lesson Plan

34. ESL Healthcare Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you support your ESL learners as they complete activities that will teach them healthcare-related vocabulary. Students will practice with activities and role-playing.

Giving Advice Lesson Plan for ESL Students

35. Giving Advice Lesson Plan for ESL Students

This lesson will help ESL learners understand how and when to use modal verbs and modal-like expressions in order to give advice. As classroom situations may differ, partner activities as well as individual activities are provided.

ESL Dreams Discussion Lesson Plan

36. ESL Dreams Discussion Lesson Plan

Through activities in this lesson plan, your English Language Learners will listen to and discuss a recorded interview about the meaning of dreams and whether dreams can be influenced by eating cheese. The activity will culminate with a survey.

ESL Pop Music Lesson Plan

37. ESL Pop Music Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, ELL students will learn about the genre of pop music. After listening to music clips, they will be able to describe pop music, identify pop music icons, and determine if a song is in the pop genre.

Extreme Sports Lesson Plan for ESL Students

38. Extreme Sports Lesson Plan for ESL Students

English Language Learners explore extreme sports through the activities in this lesson plan. The lesson plan culminates in a game of 'What's my extreme sport,' which encourages students to ask and answer questions in English.

ESL Emergency Lesson Plan

39. ESL Emergency Lesson Plan

Through activities in this lesson plan, your ESL learners will become familiar with vocabulary needed in emergency situations and will learn to call 9-1-1. Students will practice simulated 9-1-1 calls for a variety of emergency situations.

Addiction ESL Lesson Plan

40. Addiction ESL Lesson Plan

This lesson plan allows advanced ESL students to practice vocabulary about addiction by having a conversation with loved ones or professionals in a role play activity to demonstrate proper use of the terms and practical experience in asking for help with an addiction.

ESL Accents Lesson Plan

41. ESL Accents Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, ESL students will be exposed and learn about a variety of different accents. Through tasks that involve speaking and listening, the students will get practice identifying different accents.

ESL Healthy Lifestyle Lesson Plan

42. ESL Healthy Lifestyle Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your ESL students develop vocabulary surrounding healthy lifestyles. They'll engage in some exciting activities that help with language acquisition and healthy lifestyles.

ESL Nursing Lesson Plan

43. ESL Nursing Lesson Plan

Through activities in this lesson plan, you will be able to help your English Language Learners consider nursing as a possible career, while learning vocabulary related to nursing and healthcare professions.

ESL Animal Rights Lesson Plan

44. ESL Animal Rights Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, ESL students will learn about animal rights. Students will engage in a read aloud, collaborative discussions and create an animal rights campaign as a performance assessment.

ESL Money Lesson Plan

45. ESL Money Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help teachers explain money and related terms to ESL students. Students will identify bills and coins, determine their value, and create a budget.

ESL TV Lesson Plan

46. ESL TV Lesson Plan

The hands-on activities in this lesson will give your ELL students a deep understanding of the genres of television shows. Discussion and a worksheet will help your ELL students comprehend terminology associated with television.

ESL Free Time Lesson Plan

47. ESL Free Time Lesson Plan

This lesson plan supports teachers who are discussing free time and hobbies with their ESL students. Students will compare leisure activities in their native country to those in the U.S., play idiom charades, and use idioms to describe a day off.

ESL Bucket List Lesson Plan

48. ESL Bucket List Lesson Plan

This ESL lesson plan examines the cultural phenomenon of bucket lists and teaches vocabulary used to discuss goals and plans. The lesson plan includes group work, conversation starters, and a writing project.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
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