Purpose: To give learners cultural and historical information about the July 4th holiday. In addition, fireworks can be frightening for people who’ve fled war or other violent situations in their homelands. Understanding what fireworks are and what the holiday is about may help reduce stress or anxiety.
Purpose: To create meaningful dialogue about culture, while allowing students an opportunity to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills; for intermediate to advanced levels, though lesson could be modified for lower level learners.
Prep time: Approximately 15-30 minutes, depending upon resources available.
Materials: Pencil, paper, a book of folktales or photocopies of a few folktales. Visuals are helpful!
Purpose: To encourage meaningful dialogue between learners, volunteers and teachers about cultural and educational differences. This activity is appropriate for high beginning to advanced levels. Asking learners to help make an orientation video is helpful, especially for languages that are less recognized in written form (Amharic, Oromo, Russian/Eastern European languages). This video could be made on behalf of the program and in several different languages. This can be done with individual tutors and used for orientation for new students (assuming a larger program).
These interviews encourage meaningful dialogue between learners, volunteers and teachers about cultural and educational differences. This activity is best for intermediate to advanced levels, but high beginners may benefit as well.