If you have Muslims or Koreans in the class, ask them not to explain

about the pictures until they have returned to their seats and are sharing

with their classmates.

In an ESL class, this exercise is wonderful to encourage students begin

to talk about their own cultures. A follow-up activity would be to have

students bring photos from their own culture and write their own

questions for their classmates to answer.

 

Spaceship Perception

 

If you have Muslims or Koreans in the class, ask them not to explain

about the pictures until they have returned to their seats and are sharing

with their classmates.

 

In an ESL class, this exercise is wonderful to encourage students to begin

to talk about their own cultures. A follow-up activity would be to have

students bring photos from their own culture and write their own

questions for their classmates to answer.

 

The Asian Classroom Video

 

This segment is wonderful for ESL classes.  It can be expanded in numerous ways such as (1) role plays of classrooms from back home (2) writing comparisons of their teachers and/or classrooms in the USA and back home and (3) defining appropriate classroom behavior.

 

Maps

 

Give the students only about 3 minutes to draw the map to keep them from trying to making the map of the world perfect.  If possible, have them all use large markers so they can see one another’s maps more clearly.  Our natural ethnocentrism should become clear as they look at one another’s maps.