1. Distribute the student handout- Exploring Cultural
Heritages. This activity will need to be completed as
a homework task prior to attempting the following tasks.
2. Ask students to think about the influences in their lives,
for example, family, friends and peers. Tell students that
other important influences on their expectations come from
cultural heritages of their families. Things such as languages,
customs, attitudes and values are part of their cultural heritages.
3. Ask students to refer to their completed homework sheet-
Exploring Cultural Heritages. Use information to
create a class list of places that students were born, their
grandparents were born, their family celebrations and favourite
foods. These things are part of their cultural heritages.
They also reveal that there is often cultural diversity within
families as well as within Australian society.
4. To explore the possible influence of cultural heritages
on families and individuals, distribute student handout- Celebrating
in my Family. Ask students to write the name of an important
family celebration (e.g. wedding, birthday or name day, coming
of age) at the top of their sheet.
5. Ask each student to answer the worksheet questions about
the customs and expectations of celebrating an important event
in their family.
6. Divide students into groups of 3-4 and ask them to combine
their lists into a group mindmap of the rules and customs
Tell students to draw a circle around any rule or custom that
two or more of them had on their individual lists.
NOTE: Rules and customs for celebrations vary significantly
between families, communities and cultures. They may or may
not include expectations such as:
• Must have a party
• Send out invitations
• Need a cake
• Presents are given to child
• Must invite family members such as aunts, uncles,
• Party must be at home
• Party must include games
Worksheets to download
in my family.(PDF)
Friends and Peers
Feelings About Myself
Activities 4: Different
Activities 5: Iceberg
Activities 6: Pride
Activities 7: What
Activities 8: Who
Activities 9: Journeys
ESL Activities 10: Our
Paths to Australia
ESL Activities 11: A
Mixed Bag of Apples
Activities 12: Victims
Activities developed by teachers at Beverly Hills Intensive
English Centre, NSW