5 Culture Lesson Plans: How to Teach Culture in the Classroom

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How can you teach culture in the classroom? Learning the different customs in different cultures is extremely rewarding and educational. Here are a couple ways to help foster and embrace culture exchange in the classroom.
Last Updated: May 22, 2018

How do you teach culture in the classroom?

One of the best parts of teaching English abroad is the culture exchange. Let’s not forget that culture exchange is two ways. Not only do your students learn about your culture, but you can learn about theirs.

Depending on where you are teaching, your students may not have spoken to a lot of foreigners. Your students are curious about you. And rightfully so.

It’s sometimes the small things that intrigue people from other cultures. For example, do you have any pets? Did you grow up in a house? When you include pictures, they will be fascinated in you even more.

Here are some ideas for ESL activities you can undertake with your students in these culture lesson plans.

1 Cultural Dictionary

03 Cultural Dictionary

The fine line between culture across the globe is thinning because of globalization. However, some key cultural differences still remain. What are they?

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 and put them all together in a dictionary.

Cultural Dictionary

2 Hometown Newspaper

17 Hometown Newspaper

Bring newspapers from your hometown and have your students look through them. How are they different from newspapers in their home country?

From the sports section, which sports are more popular? From the weather section, is it colder or warmer than the average temperatures there? There are endless ESL conversation topics to bring up.

Hometown Newspaper

3 Cultural Differences

36 Cultural Differences

The fine line between culture across the globe is thinning because of globalization. However, some key cultural differences still remain. What are they?

For example, how do business people greet in both countries? Is it with a simple handshake or bow? Or maybe both. Compile a list of cultural differences and uncover customs that no longer seem so different.

Cultural Differences

4 Teacher Quiz

26 Teacher Quiz ESL Worksheet

This activity gets your students moving around and is more suitable for children. Around the classroom, tape clues around the class. Students have to walk around and find each clue. Finally, they match answers with clues.

I like to make groups of 2 and appoint one as the secretary and one as the detective. If you want to add an extra challenge set a timer, or give prizes to the team that finishes first.

Teacher Quiz

5 Sushi Menu Quiz

Sushi Menu Quiz

If you like eating sushi, then this makes this the #1 choice of all culture worksheets. In this culture activity, you have to connect the sushi roll with the word.

It’s the classic word association that tests your knowledge of sushi. Can you identify each type of sushi – the popular Japanese cuisine?

Types of Sushi

Culture Lesson Plans

Learning the different customs in different cultures is extremely rewarding and educational.

These culture lesson plans help foster and embrace culture exchange in the classroom.

Do you have any ideas how to teach culture in the classroom?

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