ERIC Number: ED243799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Preparing for an American Adventure. Participant's Manual [and] Leader's Guide.
Grove, Cornelius Lee
Prepared as a predeparture orientation program for high school students participating in an exchange experience within the United States, this publication may also be useful to any adolescent or adult about to relocate within the United States. Materials are divided into a student handbook and a leader's guide. The student handbook focuses on four topics, each covered in a separate section: expectations, themes and variations in American life, characteristics of American regions, and success as an intercultural sojourner. In section 1, students describe their uncertainties and fears regarding their impending trip. Section 2 helps students examine certain American values and characteristics such as success, assertiveness, time consciousness, and restlessness. Section 3 describes different cultural regions within the United States, including "Dixie," the American "breadbasket," New England, Alaska, the islands and MexAmerica. In the final section, students read case studies and consider a number of interpersonal skills that may help them have a more successful exchange experience. Each section has supplementary readings which encourage students to consider additional questions related to cultural diversity. The leader's guide contains activities and explanations to accompany the student handbook. For each activity, goals, materials, time requirements, and procedures are outlined. Activities revolve around reading, discussion, group work, and reports. (LP)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Ethnic Groups, Experiential Learning, Geographic Regions, High Schools, Instructional Materials, Interpersonal Relationship, Learning Activities, Orientation Materials, Regional Characteristics, Social Experience, Student Exchange Programs, Subcultures, Units of Study, Values
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: AFS International/Intercultural Programs, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers: United States