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Avoiding generalizations: Culture
Intermediate, B1 level


In this lessons students will learn how to avoid generalizations through a guided discovery based on the texts that were read during a previous lesson about intangible cultures and traditional customs. The lessons start with a discussion about culture. This is followed by a jigsaw reading where students read and relate stories about cultures in different countries. Finally, there is controlled practise through sentence transformation and free practise via a final speaking activity.


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice of language used for avoid generalizations in the context of culture

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of use of 'many', 'can', 'tend to' and adverbs of frequency in the context of culture


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T shows an article that students read in a previous lesson and elicits a few examples of common customs in Brazil, Japan and Saudi Arabia. T asks students to compare these countries to Turkey.

Exposure (5-7 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

T gives students a worksheet with common stereotypes about Turkey and asks students to work in pairs and comment on them. Teacher asks students how they feel when foreign people make generalizations about their country.

Useful Language (7-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

T explains the importance of avoiding generalizations and introduces a few phrases to do so. Students work and try to paraphrase the statements on their own and then check in pairs.

Productive Task(s) (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Students work in groups. Teacher gives each group some examples of different customs and traditions from different countries. Students have to explain the customs to a foreigner.

Feedback and Error Correction (4-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Teacher gives feedback on the use of students language and gives homework. Prepare a list of tips for foreigners.

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