Unity in Diversity
Stephanie Lawson / Irini Douladellis

ESL Activities: 4.What's It Like To Live In A Different Culture ?
Theme: Migration and refugees

Key Learning Area:
English - Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)

Age Group: Secondary Lower (13-14) - Secondary Middle (15-16)

Resource Type: Handouts

Stimulus Name: Culture

Loi and Khant

Teaching Strategies

Read the stories about the experiences and feelings of Ben and Chiao that resulted from them changing cultural environments.

Ask students, in pairs, to answer the questions:

1. What were the main issues/ conflicts experienced by Ben and Chiao?

2. Why were they experiencing these issues/ conflicts?

3. What did Ben and Chiao do to try and resolve the issues/ conflicts?

4. What role did communication play throughout the experiences of Ben and Chiao?

Elicit answers.

NOTE: The stories and questions of this activity encourage empathy for individuals who are visiting or settling into a different cultural environment.

Conclude the lesson by asking students to identify ways that they could assist a new student to settle into Australia.

NOTE: Some culturally sensitive strategies to assist new arrivals from overseas can include:

• inviting him/ her out socially

• explaining what is done in Australia when at school

• being a good friend

• treating them as an equal

• introducing him/ her to the range of migrant services provided

Worksheets to download
Ben and Chiao(PDF)

Related Resources
ESL Activities 1: My Friends and Peers
ESL Activitie
s 2: My Feelings About Myself
ESL Activities 3: Cultural heritage
ESL Activities 5: Iceberg
ESL Activities 6: Pride and Prejudice
ESL Activities 7: What is Beauty?
ESL Activities 8: Who Am I?
ESL Activities 9: Journeys From Afar
ESL Activities 10: Our Paths to Australia
ESL Activities 11: A Mixed Bag of Apples

ESL Activities 12: Victims of Culture

Copyright Acknowledgement

Activities developed by teachers at Beverly Hills Intensive English Centre, NSW
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