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Cultural Dictionary Worksheet

Have you ever wanted to live in another country just for a sense of culture shock? The purpose of this ESL activity is to transform your class into a cultural exchange.

One of the best parts of teaching English abroad is the cultural exchange between you and where you teach English abroad. And don’t forget that culture exchange is two ways. Not only do your students learn about your culture, but you can learn about theirs.

Ask students to write down one culturally significant item about their country. Ask for volunteers to share. Once you collect all the students’ answers, you can compile everyone’s ideas in a culture exchange dictionary that you can keep in class.

Cultural Dictionary Examples

OSECHI: A special kind of lunch box eaten on New Years’ in Japan with each food having a symbolic meaning.

ORIGAMI: It is the art of folding paper into various types of animals, objects, or shapes.

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