These three lessons are part of the overall unit called, "How does my Cambodian Culture Affect Who I Am as a Student?" In the lessons, students will compare their Cambodian school culture to that of the United States. They will address the similarities and differences and will discuss the preconceived notions they had about school in America and how their culture affects who they are as students in the American school system.
The lessons are geared for newcomers (ESL students) from Cambodia to the United States, grades 5-8. Their language proficiency is at various levels so instruction should be differentiated.
Culture is a very complex concept that influences how we see, understand, and interact with the world, and it is very important for teachers and students alike to develop cross-cultural understanding. When planning for classroom organization and instruction, teachers need to consider not only students' language proficiency, but also their culture. Additionally, it calls for personal reflection to comprehend how personal values and belief systems impact communication, attitudes, expectations, and behaviors towards others whose language and culture differ from their own. Schools are environments in which there is ongoing cross-cultural communication and interaction.