|The purpose of this course is to give students a broad understanding of American culture and values.|
|Students will demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of cultural values, beliefs, and traits. |
Students will develop their vocabulary.
Students will improve their listening skills.
|Students should come to class prepared to engage in discussion about various cultural topics.|
Attendance will be taken during each class.
|Week 1: Introduction|
Week 2: The Melting Pot
Week 3: Native Americans
Week 4: Road Trip USA + Test 1
Week 5: Halloween Screamworld
Week 6: The Civil Rights Movement
Week 7: Test 2 + In the Heat of the Night - Racial Prejudice
Week 8: In the Heat of the Night - Racism, a Two-Way Street?
Week 9: In the Heat of the Night - Character's Development
Week 10: Jazz
Week 11: American English - Slang and Idioms + Test 3
Week 12: American Superheroes
Week 13: Hollywood and the Academy Awards
Week 14: The Simpsons and American Culture + Test 4
Week 15: Review
|Students should read the introduction to each unit.|
Students should study the key vocabulary for each unit.
After class students are expected to review and complete their homework assignments.
|John S. Lander. American Culture. Asahi Press. 1800 円|
Other materials as needed
|Discussion and regular assignments: 20%|
Vocabulary tests (4): 50%
Final essay (300 words): 30%
|The willingness to ask questions and participate in the discussions.|
The performance on the vocabulary tests.
The quality of the final essay.