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ERIC Number: ED242222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
American Culture: Course Design and Rationale.
Heller, Gloria
A college course in American culture, designed for students of English as a second language as an introduction to both American culture and university content courses, is described. The course was developed based on the philosophy and techniques of ethnography and foreign language pedagogy, and requires a combination of student participation, observation, and meta-observation. Students assume the role of scientific investigator, guided by the teacher as principal informant. The objective is a description, rather than an analysis, of the culture without forcing students to assimilate or adapt to it, an effort that might cause a negative reaction. The first part of the syllabus introduces the concept and definitions of ethnography and the definition of culture. The second part consists of teacher lectures, field trips, and guest speakers, with discussions, briefings, and debriefings. The topical and chronological schedules for the semester are provided, and a bibliography is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Los Angeles, CA, April 1983) and the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (Cincinnati, OH, May 1983).