Culture on Display
Give students the opportunity to share their cultures with the entire school community. This
might be done as separate activities or as one major event. Suggested activities are:
· fashion show of traditional clothing for men and women
· food fest, a smorgasbord of dishes prepared by students and their families
· stage performance, including music, dance, poetry and drama
Arrange to have your ESOL students interviewed about their lives by working with an English
class in your school. With this activity, the ESOL students have the opportunity to become a
knowledge resource for mainstream students. This is the same activity that is in the English
lesson [link to English curriculum box]. Below are some points you might discuss in order to
prepare your students for this activity:
· Share with the students that just like the students in the film, Teens in Between, they each
have unique and interesting stories that other students can learn from.
· As a group, make a list of potential questions that might be asked of them, and how they
· Discuss how they feel about sharing personal details of their lives. Make sure they
understand that they should only share what makes them comfortable.
· Discuss the importance of checking facts. Let students know that they will have the chance
to read or see their stories and check them for accuracy before they are distributed, with
Offer your students the opportunity to be language tutors to mainstream students. Depending
on the languages represented by the ESOL students and the languages offered by the school,
this activity may be limited to Spanish speakers and learners. The ESOL students may provide
one-on-one help, or they may get together in small groups of 2-3 ESOL students and 2-3
mainstream students for informal conversation.
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