ESL Discussion: Life as a White Student in a 99% Black School

Follow Mykenzie as she begins school as a minority, even though she is white.

WARNING: This discussion revolves the idea of racial identity.

But it does does avoid any “What do you think about a certain group of people?” type of questions. I personally tested it out with my discussion groups last week and nothing spiraled out of control, and there was no negativity or awkward conversation. It was a very interesting topic, in the end. The story takes the stereotypical notion of American minority and flips it on its head, putting a white girl in a position of minority.

I recommend you watch the video, then look at the worksheet and imagine how your group(s) will react before you decide to use it.

Warm up question idea: How diverse was your high school experience?


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Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.

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