Sports at school are an excellent topic for cultural comparisons. Here is a one period addition to your sports unit.
Compare a Mexican private gym to the facilities at .
Students compare the school facilities: the cafeteria, the ID card, security and accessibility and of course all the sports installations and options to the ones they see in the slides.
30 slides of a private gym in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México.
ONE HOUR of cultural comparisons.
1. Every slide has a picture of the Cuernavaca gym with one or more questions. Students compare every image with their own school. Comparisons are made not only with the sports practiced but also with security at the school, the cafeteria, school ID, and more.
2. Every slide has Teacher’s notes with additional information as well as linguistic explanations.
3. The last slides ask global questions. The class can be divided into groups for a few minutes and then come together to share their observations.
Some of the topics:
- What sports are popular?
- Where are the sports practiced?
- Who practices the sports?
- What are the facilities like?
- Use of Centigrade vs. Fahrenheit
- Use of Meters vs. Feet
Language and culture make a great combination. The vocabulary of sports is included in all the different slides and the questions arise from the images.
Classroom discussion is directed.
The similarities and differences become apparent.
Educational differences lead to absorbing discussions.