Introducing Religion In the Classroom (Religion ESL Lesson Plan)
Don't be shellfish...
I was surprised to find out that many of my students are interested in some of the stories from the Bible. I don't consider myself a very religious person, but I was raised a Christian, so I have some familiarity with some of the stories from the bible. My goal was to design a series of classes on stories from the Bible, Qur’an, Torah, and the Vedas from a strictly allegorical perspective. I didn’t want to just narrate the stories in a chronological, matter-of-fact manner, it was also spark discussion and encourage students to think about how different cultures interact with each other. This lesson is intended for upper-intermediate to advanced learners, but it can be simplified for lower level learners as well.
For advanced students, as a warm-up I ask what they know about different religions. Here in Asia, many of them have some familiarity with Buddhism. Others have some feelings about Christianity, or Islam from things they have been taught or from the media. Then I will introduce this video from vice.com, and start a discussion food from different cultures.
There is no need to show the video in its entirety, just enough to introduce a few new vocabulary words and let them get a feel for understanding different accents.
If executed correctly hopefully these lessons will help to expose students a little to different cultures and to teach them a little about religious and cultural sensitivity.