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Doing the Transcultural Thing: Explorations in Living in the United States

Author(s): Michael W. Schwartz

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2015

Pages: 144

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Whether we are aware of it or not, every utterance we produce is an expression of who we are as individuals and what we believe.

When we begin the process of learning an additional language, we are not only learning a new linguistic code (basic vocabulary and structures) that allow us to ask for directions, to shop for clothes, or to interact with a teacher, we are having to relearn how to be.

Designed for college students studying in an Intensive English Program (IEP), Doing the Transcultural Thing: Explorations in Living in the United States covers topics familiar to people from all over the world. Everyone must shop for clothes and other necessities. Every culture has sports. All people must learn to adapt to the weather conditions of their environment.

Available in print and eBook formats, Doing the Transcultural Thing: Explorations in Living in the United States:

  • Sparks classroom discussion! The publication features chapters and views that should be read with a critical eye, knowing that not everyone in the US shares the exact same viewpoint. To do so would be to stereotype a nation. 
  • Is insightful! The book describes how certain behaviors are enacted in the US. It is meant to provide learners of English some insight into the strange and different ways people of the United States see bathing habits, why they have such strong opinions about guns, and how to navigate a college classroom. 
  • Is flexible! The textbook is not intended to be worked through on a linear basis. Vocabulary and structure do not build in sophistication or difficulty from one chapter to the next. 
  • Is comprehensive! Each chapter begins with student learning outcomes, vocabulary lists, warm-up questions; followed by two readings; and finally concludes with suggested activities and various websites for further exploration.

CHAPTER 1 A Penny Saved Is a Penny Earned
Monica Gruber

CHAPTER 2 To Eat and Run: What Is American Food?
Chris DiStasio

CHAPTER 3 Learn the Ropes: U.S. Classroom Culture
Antonio Causarano and Pei-Ni Lin Causarano

CHAPTER 4 Time is Money
Michael Schwartz

CHAPTER 5 Logging on, Logging in, and Interfacing: Computing and the Internet in US Universities
Chris DiStasio

CHAPTER 6 Hit the Books: Grades and Academic Expectations in the US
Moussa Traore

CHAPTER 7 See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: Negotiating Social Taboos in a Second Language Environment
Laura Code

CHAPTER 8 Friend Me: Connecting with Friends on Social Networking Sites (SNSs)
Kikuko Omori

CHAPTER 9 What Hats Do You Wear?
Michael Schwartz

CHAPTER 10 Under the Gun: The Culture of Firearms and Hunting in the USA
Alexandra Yarbrough

CHAPTER 11 Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water
Michael Schwartz

CHAPTER 12 Baseball: “America’s Favorite Pastime”
Anna Willson

CHAPTER 13 Snowed Under
Michael Schwartz

Michael W. Schwartz

Related ISBN's: 9781465281586, 9781465270344

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