Topic: What is Culture?

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Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: what is culture? First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

religion (n) a belief in a god or group of gods
There are many different religions in the world.
folk art (n) paintings, musical instruments, jewelry, and other forms of art made by untrained people of a country
Every country as some type of  folk art.
diet (n) food and drink regularly provided or consumed; what people eat
Hamburgers and hot dogs are apart of the USA diet.
rituals (n) a ceremony or celebration performed by people
Rituals are apart of every culture.
relationships (n) the way two or more people, groups, countries, etc., talk to and behave with each other
Relationships between couples can be difficult sometimes.
child-rearing (n) the process of taking care of and raising children
Child-rearing is not easy, especially if there are ore than one child.
manners (n) the way something is done or happens; how people act
Being polite and helpful are good manners.
dress (n) specific or traditional clothes that people wear; formal or informal
The typical dress for a man at a formal ceremony is a suit and tie.
schedule (n) a plan of things that will be done and times when they will be done
The schedule for work is Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
custom (n) an action or way of behaving that is usual and traditional
My family has a custom of celebrating birthdays by going out for dinner.

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What some typical food dishes cooked in your country?
  2. What are the normal working schedules in your country?
  3. What are the normal school schedules in your country?
  4. Which religions are practiced in your country?
  5. What are some of the traditional dress people wear in your country?
  6. How do a man and woman start a relationship in your country?
  7. What types of folk art are made in your country (e.g. music, art, dance, musical instruments, etc.)?
  8. How should visitors to your country act?
  9. Are there any specific manners in your country? If so, tell me about one.
  10. Do you enjoy learning about other cultures? Why or why not?

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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