About This Chapter
World Cultures for ELL Students - Chapter Summary
Our chapter on world cultures is specifically designed to help you create lessons that meet the specific needs and challenges of ESL students. When you use this informative chapter, you'll find:
- ESL lesson plans on American, British, Australian, Canadian and Japanese cultures
- Lessons on American culture and lifestyles
- ESL lesson plans on American and Australian slang
- Lesson plans on Canadian history and cultural awareness
- Discussion questions about culture shock
These resources are accessible on any mobile phone, tablet or computer 24 hours a day so you can create your lesson plans and curriculum whenever it works best for you.
How It Helps
- Provides specific strategy: If you're struggling to know how to teach American or British culture, this chapter includes tips and suggestions to help you create effective lessons for your ESL students.
- Includes different countries: Whether you're teaching about Australia, Canada or the U.S., these lessons are designed to help you work with your students successfully.
- Focuses on slang:Your students won't get caught up on confusing slang words when you can teach them about some of the common slang used in Britain and the U.S.
How It Works
This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning world cultures for ELL students easy.
- Use lesson plan outlines for specific world cultures topics you want to cover in class.
- Formulate your world cultures class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
- Share the related world cultures lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
- Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important world cultures concepts from the lessons.
- Engage your students with relevant world culture-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.
1. Cultural Awareness Lesson Plan for ESL Students
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.
2. ESL Discussion Questions About Culture
Food, history, and traditions all combine to make up the unique cultures around the world. The ability to talk about culture is an important skill for ESL students. This lesson provides teachers with culture-related discussion questions specifically designed for use in an ESL classroom.
3. Culture Shock Questions for ESL Students
This lesson briefly introduces the concept of culture shock and provides discussion questions for ESL students. Relevant culture shock topics and tips for classroom use are also offered.
4. Body Language ESL Lesson Plan
English as a second language (ESL) students not only have to learn new words, they also have to understand nuanced body language. This lesson plan uses activities and direct instruction to help ESL students better understand body language.
5. ESL American Culture Lesson Plan
During this lesson we will look at the American cultural values that your ELL students may not be familiar with. The students will review and model cultural values by creating role plays depicting different cultural values.
6. American Culture & Lifestyle Today: Values & Characteristics
American culture and lifestyles are quite distinctive when compared to those of other countries. In this lesson, the focus will be on highlighting the unique values and characteristics of American culture and lifestyles as they exist today.
7. Teaching American Culture to ESL Students
Teaching American culture to ESL students can be challenging because of its many elements. However, culture is married to language and can be fun for students to explore. This lesson provides ideas on how to teach American culture to ESL students.
8. American Culture ESL Discussion Questions
Your ESL students are ready to discuss several aspects of the American culture because they know quite a bit about it. This lesson gives you some questions you can ask so your ESL students freely express their thoughts.
9. American Slang Lesson Plan for ESL Students
Learning a new language is hard; not understanding slang can make it impossible! This lesson focuses on providing ESL students with common slang words they may encounter on a daily basis. Activities to reinforce proper use of the terms are included.
10. ESL British Culture Lesson Plan
In this lesson plan, ESL students will learn about British culture. After direct instruction about different element of British culture, students will create an original brochure as a performance assessment.
11. Teaching British Culture to ESL Students
Do you want to get your students interested in learning about British culture? Getting students engaged often depends on the approach and the specific topic you choose, because after all, culture is broad. This lesson explores some options.
12. ESL Australian Culture Lesson Plan
This lesson is an introduction to the culture of Australia. The lesson includes a background knowledge generation activity and a deeper exploration of several elements of Australian culture.
13. ESL Australian Slang Lesson Plan
Interested in teaching your students Australian slang words and their meanings? In this lesson plan, find a game to play with your students that introduces them to Australian slang and engages them to use the phrases properly to enhance understanding.
14. ESL Canadian Culture Lesson Plan
This lesson plan will educate your students about Canadian culture. They will also participate in fun hands-on activities that will help to reinforce newly learned concepts.
15. ESL Canadian History Lesson Plan
In this lesson plan, ESL students will learn about important events in Canada's history. After a collaborative discussion involving a graphic organizer, students will participate in a wax museum.
16. ESL Canada Lesson Plan
In this lesson, students will be exposed to the nation of Canada. Your students will learn to recognize Canada and its provinces on a map, and they will practice discussing Canadian national symbols.
17. Japanese Culture ESL Lesson Plan
This lesson is focused on helping students learn about Japanese culture. Students will create hula hoop Venn diagrams to compare Japanese culture to their own culture and make koinobori kites and cards to celebrate Children's Day.
18. ESL Thailand Lesson Plan
This lesson is an exploration of Thailand's geography and culture. Students will learn about the religion, food, physical features, climate, and political features of Thailand.
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