Cultural Differences in North America (Upper-Intermediate Lesson)

ESL/EFL Level: Upper-Intermediate
Lesson Topics:  Cultural differences and culture shock in North America
Skill Focus
: Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary
Lesson Plan Download: cultural-differences-lesson-upper-intermediate-082022.docx
Approximate Class Time: 1.5 hours


Note to teachers:

  • I've changed the format of the vocabulary questions. Feedback would be appreciated.
  • OneStopEnglish has a lesson on Culture Shock Around the World that looks good though I have not used it. (Note that it looks like registration is required after visiting that site three times).

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UPPER-INTERMEDIATE Lesson on Cultural Differences in North America: Warm-up (Pair Work)

  1. What does the word ‘culture’ mean to you?
  2. What culture would you say you belong to? What are its characteristics?
  3. Have you ever experienced culture shock? Explain.

Cultural Differences & Culture Shock (Read and discuss points as a group)


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Sources

  • [1] https://www.businessinsider.com/biggest-culture-shocks-america-us-2018-11
  • [2] https://culturalatlas.sbs.com.au/canadian-culture/canadian-culture-communication
  • [3] https://www.businessinsider.com/biggest-culture-shocks-america-us-2018-11
  • [4] https://www.businessinsider.com/biggest-culture-shocks-america-us-2018-11
  • [5] https://brightlightsofamerica.com/2016/04/culture-shock-in-america/
  • [6] https://www.businessinsider.com/biggest-culture-shocks-america-us-2018-11
  • [7] https://www.reddit.com/r/answers/comments/7q2xyd/is_there_an_inoffensive_way_to_ask_about_someones/
  • [8] http://www.ediplomat.com/np/cultural_etiquette/ce_mx.htm
  • [9] https://www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/cultural_differences_mexico_united_states
  • [10] https://www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/cultural_differences_mexico_united_states
  • [11] https://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-mexico-city-pda-capital-20190408-story.html
  • [12] https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/s195n8/nonamericans_of_reddit_what_was_the_biggest/ Approval received from users to post comments, some of which were amended for clarity.

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