Culture Shock


This is a discussion lesson that focuses on cultural differences in terms of polite and impolite actions. While the materials were designed with Kazakhstan in mind, they are easily adapted to any nation or culture. This is far and away the most popular lesson plan on this site and I am proud of that fact. I love to get feedback positive or negative in the comments!


  • To develop fluency
  • To discuss culture and cultural differences. To encourage students to deconstruct their culture and learn about other cultures.

This discussion lesson on culture has been moved to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. You can purchase it there and download it. Thanks!

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I've taught English in the South Pacific, Central Asia, and Coastal Connecticut. I have taught everything from Business English for Russian oil executives to Academic English for Afghani high school students. I currently do free lance materials writing and work as a part-time nanny/live-in chef to my son. I particularly enjoy discussion lessons, student led activities, and teaching grammar for communication and not as a set of dry rules!


  1. Ali

    This is good lesson plan. I will try soon with students. thank yuo.

  2. Jo Adriene S. Larin

    Thank you for posting your lessons on this sight. It really helps a lot of teachers.I like the lessons that you make and my students have fun doing the activities.Continue to upload your lessons to help others.

  3. Juliet

    I have paid for this lesson plan, but cannot log in. Please advise asap.

    • I am so sorry for this. For some reason, logging in with Google Chrome is not working. I have emailed you the lesson plan and worksheet. If anyone else is having troubles logging into the site please leave a comment or email me directly, and let me know what browser you are using so I can try to fix this issue. I’m happy to send out materials to anyone whose paid for them. Again sincere apologies. Hope to get things back to normal soon.

      • Problem solved. I made a dumb mistake in my configurations. If it’s not working for you now, please do let me know and I’ll keep working on it, send you files, refund your $$, or let you beat me about the ears.

  4. And apologies for calling you Julie in the email too. Was rushing to get the files out to you.

  5. [email protected]

    Hi! I was very disappointed since I paid money via my card but cannot get access to the content that I paid for! Something’s wrong here, it seems…


  6. [email protected]

    Okay! I got access as soon as sent you a message!Tks for posting it.

  7. caroline_giudice

    I have just bought the culture shock lesson plan but where do I download it???

    • You should have gotten an email with a login and password. Once you enter those into my site, you will have access to the lesson plan.

  8. kcwyse

    Hi I have also just purchased the culture shock lesson and can’t seem to find it. I bought it under my husband’s paypal account. Please help! Thanks.

  9. Aygerim

    How can i take this activity
    ?I need it…

  10. The picture is funny and the whole idea of cultural awareness lesson seems to be promising, however, the fee repels me, no matter how low it would be. But I understand the rules…

  11. tracyhappier

    Hi, I’ve paid for it, but cannot access to it. I don’t know where to download or see it. Can you send me the lesson plan?

  12. Ei Zin

    Dear Wlaton,

    Thank you for sharing it free , as a freshly language teacher, I could take a lot of benefits from your ideas and lesson plan.

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