ERIC Number: ED370371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Teaching American Culture: An Independent Project for an Intermediate Oral Language Class.
Allen, Elizabeth Annette
A plan for teaching American culture in a summer intensive course in English as a Second Language, at the intermediate level and focusing on speaking and listening skills, is detailed. The approach used to design the cultural unit integrates two models for culture education and the experiential learning cycle. The report begins with an explanation of the project to design the unit, including the course context, definition of culture, unit scope and objectives, procedures, and criteria used for selecting appropriate student-centered activities. The second chapter describes the application of one cultural education model (details of which are charted in an appendix) to the first ten days of instruction, based on four aspects of cultural knowledge which are as follows: knowing about, knowing how, knowing why, and knowing oneself. Chapter three explains how the experiential learning cycle was used to organize the unit. Chapters four and five outline the second cultural education model, a culture grid, and its use in planning the last four weeks of instruction. Some of the class activities are described. Contains 19 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Mater's Thesis, School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT.