I got an idea from a few friends to Show "Modern Family" in my classes-- so far, the students and my teachers loved it. I started off with showing them the pilot episode. Using a photo, I introduced them to the family members in the show and we chatted with the different "modern" families being depicted.. there is the old man married to the younger woman-- a woman who is his daughters age- and its her second marriage. Then, there is the Gay couple- two men who went to vietnam to adopt a baby. At first, my students laughed a lot and I wrote the word "gay" in big letters on the board. After they got their giggles out, we chatted how its more acceptable in the states than in korea.. etc.
Afterwards, they were very mature and open to the idea--
I was lucky that my coteachers were okay with me talking about it with the class-- I told the teachers that we were going to use the show to look at cultural differences.
After watching the episode I introduced them to more cultural things-- Mall Walkers, the derogatory term of "cream puffs", how short skirts/ shorts are generally unacceptable in America and we even discussed wearing shoes in the house, what the families ate for breakfast, dinner, etc... there are so many things you can point out to your students after watching..its such a good conversation starter for those who are interested. -- I didnt use a powerpoint for this episode--
A few classes later, we discussed various Christmas traditions in the states.. the powerpoint I used was pulled off of waygook-- its been edited a tiny bit.
Before watching the Christmas episode, we reviewed the traditions we discussed in the last class-- that is the "present slide". We also reviewed the "English speaking practice" questions that they need to answer after watching the episode.
I had great success with showing these at both my middle schools-- grades 1-3. For the most part, my students are pretty mature about it all and they love the show-