Culture Shock -- An Acculturation Webquest for ESL

Designed by Kent Trickel
ktrickel@eslwonderland.com

Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion


Introduction

Have you ever lived in a foreign country? Do you live in a country other than your native country now? Do you remember your first days there? Did your feelings change after those first few days?

It may not surprise you to find out that living in a foreign country can be a difficult and rewarding experience. Most people go through a process of adapting to the new culture called acculturation. This process can be stressful at times, and it can be useful in dealing with acculturation to understand the process and hear about others' experiences.

In this WebQuest, you will be a part of the Welcoming Committee that helps new ESL students from other countries get accustomed to life in the United States. You will learn about the stages of culture shock that most people experience in a new environment. You will also investigate advice for new residents and ideas for getting the most out of the acculturation experience. In addition, you will discuss your ideas with your classmates, and at the end of the WebQuest, you and your classmates will work together to produce an orientation presentation, webpage, or document to present to the new students.

The Big Question: What are the effects of living in a foreign culture and how can you get the most out of your experience by learning more about culture shock?

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