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January 31, 2008

Lesson Plans- Culture Quiz

Hello Readers,

As an ESL teacher, you have inevitably dealt with other cultures. If you are teaching monolingual classes in another country, it's likely that you will have to adapt much more than your students. If you are teaching multilingual classes at home or abroad, it will be just as important for your students ...

... to learn about different cultures. What better way to help your students understand the different taboos, customs, and etiquette of their fellow classmates than through a culture quiz.

1. Introduce new words that students may neeed to know in order to take the quiz.
2. Distribute the quiz to individuals.
3. Have students compare their answers and discuss why they might have different answers.
4. Feedback with the whole class.
5. Divide students into small groups. Have each group research a group of people and their customs, e.g., Japanese, Americans, Australians, Germans, etc. This can be done in the classroom if there are enough people from different countries, or as homework if there aren't.
6. Have students give a presentation about their findings. Meanwhile, listeners should come up with questions to ask them.
7. Whole-class feedback.
8. Ask students to write about their own culture in a short essay.

Sample Quiz:

1. When you meet someone for the first time, you should kiss him/her on both cheeks. T/F
2. If someone gives you a gift, you should say thank you, but wait to open it until later. T/F
3. You should never use your right hand to shake hands or pass something to someone else. T/F
4. If your boss makes a rude comment to you, you should just smile and pretend the comment was acceptable. T/F
5. If there are many people trying to get on the subway, you should push through the line so that you can get a seat. T/F
6. Men should always open doors for women. T/F
7. It's not acceptable for women to drink liquor in public. T/F
8. If a friend invites you over for dinner, you should bring an odd-number of flowers over for a gift. T/F
9. It's ok to talk to your friends when you are watching a play. T/F
10. The guest of honor should sit at the seat facing the door. T/F

As an alternative activity, you could also have your students create their own quiz to distribute to classmates.

Hope that helps.

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at January 31, 2008 06:59 AM

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