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Many ESL teachers have told me that they are not allowed to teach about Easter. It’s true that there is a fine line between educating students about a culture and cultural indoctrination. Especially in beginner level ESL classes, students may misunderstand and feel the teacher is proselytizing.
If you’ve been reading past blog posts of mine, you may know that I spent a year in Germany as an exchange student. Germany has many religious holidays. When the university was closed on these holidays, I would try to find out what they were all about, but I never got a clear summary. Heilige Drei Könige, Christi Himmelfahrt... I still have no real sense of how they were traditionally celebrated or what they meant to the culture. It didn't matter that I wasn't Catholic or likely to share in the celebration, I just wanted to understand the culture!
Considering that most schools are closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday, I think it’s important to help students crack our cultural code by explaining the significance of these holidays.
And ultimately, Easter has both a religious and secular aspect. Many people who are not Christian also participate in painting eggs or having Easter egg hunts. Chocolate stores do a booming business. When I teach this holiday, I am careful to explain that we are learning about the cultural significance of the holiday, not trying to impose a religion on anyone.
I have books with Easter units that target low beginners and ones for mid beginner and intermediate ESL. Here are some links: