Having English Language Learners give reports about about their home countries is a fairly typical class assignment. And, for students who are not newcomers, it gets pretty old for them to have to do it every year.
I have students in my ELL Geography class do similar presentations each year, though I try to make it a little different from what they’ve done in the past.
I introduce it as a lesson on “culture” — we discuss what culture is and what would be included as its primary components in any country.
After we make a list, we view this simple slideshow I found on Slideshare (it has some errors so you might want to use the resources at the bottom of this post, instead):
Then, students create a poster or slideshow highlighting those elements (and any of other ones of their choice that we might have brainstormed) from their home country:
A planning hand-out usually looks something like this:
Make a report on the culture of your home country. Include these elements (feel free to add other ones, too):
• Spoken & Written
• Who are the most important people in a community and why
• What are the most important groups in a community and why
Form of Government
Last year, students made posters and short oral presentations, which included responding to questions from their classmates:
This year, they made PowerPoints. Here are a few samples, and you can see all of them at our class blog:
I’d love to hear ideas on how to make this lesson better!
Here are some resources that you can use to introduce your students to the elements that make up a “culture”: