Reading Lesson Plan on Cultural Differences

This lesson plan, designed for English learners at B1 or B2 (CEFR) level, aims to introduce some of the intellectual values of critical thinking, which are clarity, accuracy, consistency, perspective, and depth/breadth. To do this, an adopted version of the Critical Thinking Value Rubric  (see appendix D) by the Association of American Colleges & Universities will be used during the lesson. Th activities are also designed to help students gain awareness towards the importance of this skill in terms of recognizing different perspectives and solving problems by analyzing assumptions carefully, avoiding bias, telling facts from opinions, and experimenting on alternatives.

 

Students will also read a blog post titled “3 Real-life Examples of Cultural Misunderstandings in Business”  concerning the topic of Cultural Bumps. They will gain awareness about the differences in cultures, and they will see that these differences can lead to conflict during intercultural communication. They will also learn to recognize values and symbols and their meaning, and there might have different interpretations by people from different cultures. Finally, they will learn to evaluate such bumps/misunderstanding through the lens of critical thinking and empathize with both parties involved in the conflict. 

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to …

  • recognize texts/audios containing references to cultural misunderstandings.

  • recognize cultural differences in perspectives in conflicts

  • identify the universal values of critical thinking. 

  • see the value and necessity of empathizing and looking through multiple perspectives.

  • interpret the band descriptors on the Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric.

  • reflect on their own experiences in terms of cultural differences and critical thinking. 

  • evaluate their own productions with the use of the Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric.