Welcome to our free lesson Culture Shock to give you practise for the IB English B, IELTS and CAE exams. This is just one of the many lessons available to reinforce your learning so you feel confident when the IB English Language B, IELTS and CAE exam day arrives. Our lessons are centred around five prescribed themes; identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization and sharing the planet. These themes are featured in the reading, writing, speaking and listening parts of the exam.
Culture Shock: Listening Practice
In this lesson, we will practice mainly our listening skills by learning about culture shock.
Five students from five different continents tell us how they adapted to a brand new culture when they first came to study abroad.
You will hear a reporter who has just arrived in Beijing after living in Tokyo for two years. It results in him feeling some culture shock.
An idiom is a common word or common phrase culturally understood – meaning that what is said differs from what is actually meant. Brits are really well known for this and the logic behind the majority of sayings are unknown but really useful to understand.
a penny for your thoughts – A way of asking someone to share their thoughts with you.
back to the drawing board – Used to indicate that an idea, scheme or proposal has been unsuccessful and that a new one should be devised.
beat around the bush – A typical British saying meaning you’re purposely avoiding the topic in a subject, not speaking directly about the issue.
hit the sack – The sack would be your bed – and you hitting it would be you going to bed.
see eye to eye – When two or more people agree on something. You see eye to eye because you have the same views.
your guess is as good as mine – Meaning you basically have no idea. You simply know as much as the next person.
You can find more common idioms based on culture here.
Here are the keywords and phrases covered in this lesson:
- culture shock
- strict etiquette
- welfare advisors
Answers for Exercise 2
1-4. C, D, E, G
5. China 6. China 7. Japan 8. China 9. Japan
This topic provides students with an opportunity to discover their interests, values, belief and culture.
This topic provides students with an opportunity to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.
This topic provides students with an opportunity to explore the sciences, technology and creativity.
This topic provides students with an opportunity to explore the way in which groups of people organise themselves through common systems or interests.