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  • auster
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    • March 01, 2011, 06:05:42 pm
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Re: Differences in Culture
« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2011, 12:19:59 pm »
Decent powerpoint, just needs a few tweaks apart from the points about British and England differences

Europe was once part of the British Empire? Needs tweaking that - also a cheeky side note with perhaps a small axe aimed at Maggie's head would work nicely!  ;)

Re: Differences in Culture
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2011, 04:01:50 pm »
Yeah, just read that slide. It's quite ridiculous.

"The UK has existed since BC (Before Christ)"  :laugh:
"The UK (England, Ireland and Scotland) were united in 1603." (Eh, in case you haven't noticed, Ireland's been independent from the UK since 1921. It's PPTs like this that make my students think Ireland's still part of the UK  :-\)
"The UK had one of the largest empires in the world which consisted of: ... Europe"  :laugh: Are you serious?

Oh, and you might want to look a bit into other reasons Oliver Cromwell is so famous...

  • conorsean
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    • March 10, 2011, 07:50:43 am
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Re: Differences in Culture
« Reply #22 on: March 30, 2011, 05:08:59 pm »
haha, it's ok. It's just a pet peeve for me being from Northern Ireland  :P

what about ye big lad? sure are you nat from ireland? only messin with ye!  ;D
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High School lesson plan about Cultural Customs and Reactions
« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2011, 07:48:44 am »
I attended the Fall 2011 EPIK orientation and we had to make and present a Lesson for our group. My group was assigned a High School lesson about Cultural Customs with Key Expressions like "I would  feel embarrasses if...." or "Are you familiar with.....".
  We incorporated a movie with the teachers as actors, a dubbing role playing activity to the cafe scene of When Harry Met Sally and a blank comic strip activity to help the students make up their own dialogue. The class really responded to this.
  I hope it helps you all make your lessons fun and educational.

  • shmoogrin
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    • December 01, 2010, 03:08:32 pm
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Re: Differences in Culture
« Reply #24 on: September 21, 2011, 11:27:32 am »
And you don't have to be British to have a hankering for Yorkshire Pudding - yum!

Re: Differences in Culture
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2011, 02:55:59 pm »
This is great! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    • September 21, 2011, 08:44:14 am
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Re: High School - Discussing and Comparing Culture Lessons
« Reply #26 on: October 04, 2011, 10:07:47 am »
Thanks! This lesson went really well with my high school students.
I am from NZ - so thought I would put this up for any kiwis out there teaching High School.
« Last Edit: October 04, 2011, 10:09:29 am by gemmal »

  • jbaile
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    • August 03, 2011, 07:30:08 am
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Cultural Taboos
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2012, 03:22:07 pm »
Here's a lesson taboos

Goes over culture, different taboos from around the world.

I had students get into groups and tell me taboos that existed in Korea, had some interesting results like shaking your leg in public, not eating before an older person, using chop sticks correctly etc. I then had students think of their own taboos.
Then we played the game Taboo :D

  • tmeinecke
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    • March 27, 2012, 10:41:04 am
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World Cultures
« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2012, 03:46:57 pm »
This is a brand new lesson plan about World Cultures I just made. Nevermind the description about "Where he is from/she is from, etc". It is actually about learning new vocabulary such as population, average, culture, billion, and million.

I also go into full detail on the similarity between the words average and common and typical, and how they can be used interchangeably. My students loved this lesson and the group work. The part on the presentation where it says "find a partner and answer the 5 questions" should actually be make a group, depending on your class size.

These groups will make guesses on the 5 questions as a team, and then the teacher collects the answers before the video is played afterwards. It is important to make sure your students understand the linkage between the words typical and common, and how it can be used to describe an 'average' person.

After the video, the teacher will read the questions outloud and ask the students what the answers are from the video: such as, is the most typical person on Earth a male or female? The teams with the correct answers get 1 point. I ended up giving teams that had the correct answers to #2 and #5 2 pts for correct answers.

Not only did my students love this lesson though, but also my co teacher and the student teachers from Kangwon Univ in the room as well! Feel free to ask me any questions if you need to.

Here is the link again:


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Re: High School - Discussing and Comparing Culture Lessons
« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2012, 09:24:24 pm »
Here's my take on the cultural taboo idea.
I put in a bit of Canadian culture as well, as I am from Canada, this can be easily replaced by cultures of other countries. I tried to find the reasoning behind why it is Taboo, but some I couldn't find anything, for example Nepal I couldn't find why it was rude for people to share food. I had a few more taboos that I couldn't find why to so I left them out, but I really wanted to put the share food one on there, because Korean culture sharing food is as natural as breathing.

Please let me know if I got anything wrong. My only resource is the internet. :)
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  • coolcut58
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    • August 25, 2012, 10:52:24 pm
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Korea vs. US Lesson Plan
« Reply #30 on: September 09, 2012, 02:58:38 pm »
I would like to do a lesson plan comparing the Korean and American educational systems.  If anyone knows where I could find good information or has a lesson plan with relevant information, I would have much appreciation.  I am just a new teacher and would love to have others input.  I am sure there are other threads related and that would be much appreciated as well.

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    • January 19, 2012, 02:24:08 pm
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Re: Korea vs. US Lesson Plan
« Reply #31 on: September 10, 2012, 12:01:00 pm »
Here's a lesson I downloaded from here, but I'm not sure who made it. I think Leo Fugisomething might have. It outlines US/Finland/KR and I would commentate with my own personal experiences in high school while doing the lesson. My students found it hard to believe I would only study right before exams

  • miss_cho
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    • October 10, 2011, 10:00:55 am
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Re: Korea vs. US Lesson Plan
« Reply #32 on: September 10, 2012, 02:50:49 pm »
My own lesson needs to be seriously re-hauled because after teaching it I realized there were some things the students wanted to know more about. However, below are some of the things I touched upon -

Appearance - I introduce this first to catch their attention. We watch a video and look at photos and talk about what the clothes students wear to school in the US in addition to their hairstyles (most schools here have rules regarding students' hair). We also touch upon tattoos and piercings.

Getting to/from School - We talk about how students get to and from school here in Korea - typically taxis, public transportation, bikes or walking. We then talk about how many American students get to school - walking, biking, school buses or driving (this leads into a discussion about what age a student can get a driver's license).

Classes - Students' classroom vs a teacher's classroom, what do students study (I teach at a technical high school so we talk about how students in the US can choose their own classes - do they want to go to college? learn a trade? are they interested in art? etc.

Classroom behavior/management -I show them videos of what is expected in a US classroom and what happens if a student mouths off. Most of my students were shocked you could be sent out of the classroom for being rude and while a suspension sounds great if your grades fall you might end up failing and will have to repeat a year which seems unheard of in Korea.

Tests/Grades - when do students study for tests? What are the important tests? Do American students take a test to get into high school? I stress that in the US grades are important.

Sports - What kind of sports are popular? When do students play sports? Do athletes attend classes (my school has a soft tennis team, they never come to class)? This is the section that I really need to re-vamp - students listed off clubs when we talked about sports but I failed to realize that these clubs don't really play against other schools. I didn't explain this section well enough to my students

Extra curriculars, School dances (homecoming, prom), etc.

Problems within US schools - with all the freedom within US schools in addition to the driving age, dances, number of girls (remember, I teach at a technical school) my students said that the US sounds great. My purpose wasn't to make the US' school system out to be better than Korea's school system so I show them some of the problems that persist in schools including bullying, drugs, gangs, violence and the lowering of the academic standard.

Like I said I played quite a few videos for my students so they could get an idea of what an American high school is like. I used clips from Mean Girls and Easy A - I'm sure there are better movies out there that more accurately depict US schools but I had to work with what I could find.

At the end of class I asked students to write down a question about US schools - most of my students wanted to know if a student could smoke (especially on campus), if one could drink and one girl asked if a student could have a relationship with a teacher (o_O). So, I definitely will add some of their questions to my power point in the future.

The bell just rang so I have to go! I hope that helps!

  • KimchEli
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    • August 29, 2011, 10:58:59 am
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Re: Korea vs. US Lesson Plan
« Reply #33 on: September 12, 2012, 08:02:09 am »

anyway we can get you to attach your lesson? it sounds like a great one, and although i will probably make some of my own modifications, having something to start with would save me (and others who also want to do this type of lesson) lots of prep time.


  • miss_cho
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    • October 10, 2011, 10:00:55 am
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Re: Korea vs. US Lesson Plan
« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2012, 09:17:57 am »
I'm not overly proud of this power point - it needs a lot of work but if it helps you out then feel free to look it over.

Here's a link to the power point on google docs -

The video I use at the beginning of class to get a conversation going with my students -
A clip that shows a classroom in the US -
Cafeteria (yes, it is from Twilight o_O) -
Discipline (going to the principal's office) -

I thought I had videos depicting prom and a football game but I can't find them.

  • coolcut58
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    • August 25, 2012, 10:52:24 pm
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Re: Korea vs. US Lesson Plan
« Reply #35 on: September 13, 2012, 08:34:44 am »
Miss Cho I really appreciate your powerpoint for a start.  You could also add on how high school is compulsory for at least the first 2 years and that high school is for the most part free.  Overall I really love it you did a great job.  I will make some additions have students comment and compare Korean culture and institute a game to really add something, I will post this soon.

  • Redondo
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    • October 14, 2012, 05:28:11 am
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Re: High School - Discussing and Comparing Culture Lessons
« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2013, 03:30:04 pm »
awesome lesson. I'm going to try it next week. I have a high school that I go to once a week so i'm going to enjoy being prepared, and I know they'll like it (im from Canada as well)

Re: High School - Discussing and Comparing Culture Lessons
« Reply #37 on: June 25, 2013, 03:22:20 pm »
Here's one I made for Ireland. It's based on Gemmal's Kiwi / NZ one.
Also, we are both small yet incredible nations.  :P

  • kjritchhart
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    • September 12, 2013, 01:38:04 pm
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Re: High School - Discussing and Comparing Culture Lessons
« Reply #38 on: October 17, 2013, 11:20:00 am »
Here is one on the United States.  I used someones basic outlines (forget whose but it was a Canadian one!) but there weren't any for the US, so I transformed it for the US and made some other changes. 

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Re: High School - Discussing and Comparing Culture Lessons
« Reply #39 on: March 14, 2019, 01:43:14 pm »
I know this is an old topic, but it was linked in the High School Lesson Plan Master Index which was the first place I went when looking for lessons and I was inspired by resources in this thread, so I think bumping this is worthwhile. I've been running this lesson this week so I figured it'd be good to give back and go over what I did for this and upload the PowerPoint I used.

What I do for this lesson is split the class into six groups and give each group a piece of paper with a "category" of culture written on it (I used history, school, sports, entertainment, food, and "other" aka everything else). I ask the class to spend ten-fifteen minutes writing down what they know about American culture (I'm American) and then when most have made a decent amount of progress I have them present what they come up with. Some things I do for specific groups while monitoring is asking the "Food" group to think just beyond listing items and to try to describe the food culture as a whole (simple example: Korean food is spicy), and I ask the "Sports" group to try to think about which sports are the most popular. Usually the "Other" group needs an example or two before they get going but this group is always the most interesting to see what they come up with. Once they've all presented I go through my PowerPoint and try to quickly describe these aspects of American culture from my point-of-view. Afterwards I have the groups switch topics and then do the same thing they did earlier but with Korean culture, and then they present. Usually when they're presenting I'll ask what their favorite sports are or ask what their favorite Korean movies and TV shows are to try to spur more engagement out of them.

This usually takes up all the time in class (15 minutes in groups for American culture + 10 minutes for PowerPoint + 10 minutes for Korean culture + 10 minutes in total presenting is already 45 and usually something runs longer to push that to 50).

But in the one class where there was time leftover I tried to get them to talk about things they liked and disliked about both cultures (this had mixed results: "What do you dislike about Korean culture?" "Eobseoyo"), and if somehow a class were to ever breeze through this I had a third part ready to go where I'd assign each group another country in Asia and have them think about the cultures in those places.

My high schoolers are varying levels of intermediate and I think this has worked pretty well for them so far and been engaging. I like it for the second class because the cultural exchange feels like a somewhat natural extension of the introduction I did for the first week. I'll attach the PowerPoint I used, though a lot of it is just pictures since I'm trying to emphasize listening over reading.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2019, 01:48:51 pm by mihgnvk »