In Module two, the video Brian and Aziz is easily understood even by
beginning ESL students. With the explanation of a few vocabulary
words and a few concepts, the entire second module works quite well
for this level of ESL student. However, there are a number of other
ways to introduce the culture bump to these students – all of which
are described below.
Vocabulary words for Focus Activity
Expectation – what you think will happen
Relationship – connection
Bump – to touch accidentally
Teacher note: The higher level thinking skills can be practiced by ensuring that the
students understand the vocabulary words in these questions
Observation: Judgment or Description?
This activity is easily done with beginning language students.
However, this is an opportune moment to put up the two photos, the
elderly woman on the four wheeler and the Korean wedding and have
the students generate a list of vocabulary words. For example, words
such as house shoes, helmet, roof, handlebars, gloves, railing etc.
This would also be a good time to teach the appropriate way to
address or talk about older people in the United States.
The trivia cards are easily done with some vocabulary explanation.
Culture Bump Trivia vocabulary words
Trivia (the game)
Counter – in a store
To frown – Using the face to show displeasure or unhappiness
Elderly – a polite word to describe people who are 70 years old or older
To emerge – to come out of
To grasp – to hold
Elbow – the place in the middle of the arm where the arm bends
Disgust – to dislike
Request – to ask for
“to show regard for” – to show respect for
consideration – respect
to approach – to come close to
“to feel hurt” – to feel unhappy because someone says or does something unkind
assigned – to appoint, to tell someone to do something
to adjust – to adapt
to be withdrawn – to not want to talk or participate
elegance – dignified beauty
spiritual – having to do with the spirit
to offend – to be disrespectful
to poke – to hit with the finger
double-take- to look at something/someone twice because you are so surprised
to lean forward – to bow
the corner of your eye – the side of your eye
route – the way to go someplace
curb – the side of the street –
authority – the one in charge, the leader
inclusive – to include
acknowledge – to tell someone that they did well
Grammar: Prepositions and Writing
Choose one of the following comparisons for the sentences.
The same as, different from, better than, worse than, more than, less than
1. Hospitality in the Middle East is_________________hospitality in the United
2. Mazen’s language is____________________Aziz’s language.
3. Aziz thinks those neighbors in his country are_____________________his neighbors in the United States.
4. Brian trusts his friend___________________he trusts Aziz.
5. In the second ending, Brian’s discomfort is__________________his discomfort in the first ending.
Write a paragraph comparing one of these subjects.
Hospitality in my country and in the USA
Teachers in my country and in the USA
Food in my country and in the USA