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  • GreenFloyd
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American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« on: November 12, 2010, 03:15:51 pm »
Hey guys, this was a presentation I made for my after-school class for American Culture week. There's a mish-mash of a few other lessons thrown in there including an American Culture introduction jeopardy game. Thanks to those who made those games and lessons and I'm sorry for not remembering who you are!

After the introduction game I had them vote on topics they wanted to discuss at the beginning of the week and they these, among a few others:

-Gun culture
-Videogames in America
-Holidays
-History
-School life (**they were most interested in this one**)

So I made the presentation geared around that (sorry, the history section is really short and awful. lol) This lasted me 4 days but I could have easily made it 5 or 6, especially if you do some more speaking activities with the material.

The attached game is a review of all the material from the slide. Thanks to vitamin-d for the template


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    • October 11, 2010, 06:55:37 am
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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 08:27:51 am »
Very nice, needs a tiny bit of revision though.

e.g. America didn't "win" independence from "Europe" on July 4, 1776.  We simply "declared" independence from "England".  Don't mind me though, I have a history degree.

Overall, pretty good.  As a former high school hockey player, I was offended at your exclusion of it in the high school sports list and your inclusion, rather, of badminton.

Obviously I'm teasing, but who plays badminton?  Haha.


  • GreenFloyd
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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2010, 03:00:36 pm »
Lol, yeah sorry the history section is pretty embarrassing but students weren't really interested in it so I made it short and super simple so I could focus on things more relevant to them.


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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2010, 03:19:11 pm »


Overall, pretty good.  As a former high school hockey player, I was offended at your exclusion of it in the high school sports list and your inclusion, rather, of badminton.


I didn't put hockey in my high school presentation either.  But I'm from North Carolina; we don't have ice.
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  • GreenFloyd
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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2010, 07:40:56 pm »


Overall, pretty good.  As a former high school hockey player, I was offended at your exclusion of it in the high school sports list and your inclusion, rather, of badminton.


I didn't put hockey in my high school presentation either.  But I'm from North Carolina; we don't have ice.

Hi Summer,

Is there any chance you have uploaded your presentation to waygook? I'm curious to see it. I was planning on adapting my lesson for a high school class sometime soon :). btw, did you run your country project yet? I'm really curious how it went for you.


  • ellesdiel
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    • October 04, 2010, 08:12:24 am
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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2010, 12:38:14 pm »
GreenFloyd,

First of all, props are in order for you putting this together.  I'm sure that Korean students (children and teachers alike) will find it informative.

However, I have a major problem with this ppt, specifically regarding the "Gun Culture" section. 

Your presentation of American gun culture is not very neutral.  The gun issue is a very dividing one in our country, and I don't think that it is appropriate as a teacher in a foreign country to present "one-sided" or other wise non-neutral information.  This is especially important in a foreign country, because we are likely one of the only "Westerners" our audience has met, and maybe one of the only they will ever meet.   

Your ppt leaves out many legitimate reasons that Americans might choose to own a gun, the historical context of why private American citizens may own guns, and generally conveys the impression that gun owners in America are either "crazy" or members of a gang. 

If you are against gun-ownership thats fine; it's your opinion and you're entitled to it.  But please, aim to educate your audience about American cultural differences; not to convince them that your view on said differences is the "right" one.

Our responsibility as teachers is to present information and promote it's discussion using the English language.  We should not present information in a non-neutral way. 


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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2010, 01:48:25 pm »
Thanks for the feedback ellesdiel. I do agree that I probably slanted that section more than I wanted to, but in the end I couldn't figure out a way to make it more neutral. The crazy picture was just meant for a few laughs, which it got, so I'm sorry if that offended you. No real intentions with that.

Not that I want to get into a gun ownership debate (I really don't!), but I'm wondering how you could suggest I make that part of the presentation more neutral with legitimate positive reasons to owning a gun instead of the way I presented it?

Thanks


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    • October 02, 2010, 05:00:38 pm
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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2010, 03:29:20 pm »
This is great! Gave me some inspiration/foundation for my next few lessons.. The gun picture was funny and you did a decent job of stating why some people choose to own them. 

Thanks


Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2010, 04:04:29 pm »
You're my hero!

This is a super-great way to kill some after school lessons before my Thanksgiving/Hanukkah holiday-a-thon. :)


  • ellesdiel
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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2010, 07:25:06 pm »
First I would like to acknowledge that it is very difficult to present controversial topics in a neutral tone.  Each person has his or her own take, and will tend to slant the presentation toward their own point of view; sometimes without even realizing it.  This is a very natural tendency that everyone (including myself) has been guilty of.  That being said, here are some different things you could include to make your presentation more neutral.

1.  Consciously present gun ownership in America as a controversial issue.  Remind your audience that America is a far larger country than Korea in terms of size, and that America's population is also much larger and more diverse than Korea's.  This helps explain why Americans can have very different views on gun control (or any other controversial issue), depending on who you ask.

2.  Some reasons a person may choose to own a gun in America include: hunting of animals for sport or sustenance, target shooting as a competition or pleasurable hobby, to protect one's self or family from criminals, among other things depending on the individual. 

3.  America has a volunteer military, and allowing private citizens to own guns provides a certain kind of insurance. In the case of an invasion, private citizens will not be left defenseless if America's military is absent or ineffectual.

4.  America won it's freedom from a tyrannical government through a violent revolution.  The framers of the Constitution wanted to be sure they did not create a system that could morph into what they had just escaped.  By including "The Right to Keep and Bear Arms", many framers sought to guarantee that the government may be overthrown if it became tyrannical or irresponsive to the citizenry.

It is clear that Korea and America are very different in gun culture.  This sharp contrast is a large part of why many Koreans think that American gun culture is interesting.  Here are some Korean perspectives of why not to allow private citizens to keep arms (as paraphrased from some advanced speakers in my teacher class):

1.  Lack of space- Korea is much smaller than America, and does not have the same physical space available for sport shooting.

2.  Limited hunting opportunity and desire- Korea is a traditionally agricultural society, not a hunting society, and lacks sufficient big game species to hunt for sport or sustenance.

3.  Historical context- Korean citizens have not held a right to bear arms for most of their history, partly because they have been occupied by invading powers several times who forbid it.  Giving Koreans that right today could be catastrophic, as many would not know how to act appropriately with the new freedom.         

In a nutshell, America and Korea are very different countries with very different historical contexts.  The difference between their corresponding gun culture is therefore not any kind of judgment or definite reflection of either their people or their governments.  It is a stark difference of culture; nothing less and nothing more.


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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2010, 09:23:49 pm »
Thanks for your thorough response, ellesdiel. You make good points and I think that would indeed make the issue more neutral if I presented that side more adequately in my presentation; however, I do think it would be a near-impossible task to try and convey all those points across to students who have a very low level of English. I think the best thing that could be done for this lesson is remove the bit about the gangs, the crazy guy picture, and add a little more depth to the protection/hunting side of owning guns. Thanks for your input.


Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2010, 08:16:26 am »
I just wanted to make a note at how amazed and pleased I was to see this discussion.  I think it's awesome that two people who don't even know each other can have such a civil discussion on such a controversial topic.  People are at each other's throats all the time when it comes to politics (especially in America right now) and I'm really glad to know that the rational debate and sharing of ideas is still possible!  Thanks GreenFloyd and Ellesdiel for being such stand-up guys! 


  • surmonk
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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2010, 03:12:38 pm »
I want to echo mrsamandab's comments. Too often, the online world is consumed with vitriol and personal attacks. You both took responsibility for your views, pointed out some problem areas, without resorting to the toxicity that consumes that particular debate, and many more. Thanks for showing us how to respect each other's views without abandoning your own.


  • ochattoki
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    • October 22, 2010, 12:07:53 pm
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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2011, 09:29:00 am »
Not gonna lie I had to change alot of things, but nontheless this gave me a great background and basis for what and how I could teach my students about American Culture. It actually made me so proud to talk about. The kids went wild over the Jeopardy game. I was afraid they would know more than I do! But many kudos on the work put into this! ^^


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    • September 04, 2011, 07:48:12 pm
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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2011, 09:43:06 am »
Thanks you giving us the result of your hard work!

This powerpoint contained many sensitive and high controversy issues. Considering that, and that my students consider me an absolute authority on the USA, I have removed the sensitive topics and changed the presentation considerably.

Therefor, I would like to upload and share a gentler version of this powerpoint. I would like to credit the original author for so much of the work put into this powerpoint. Thank you.

this Powerpoint includes (in this order):
Courtesy
School
History
Holidays
Food
Race Activity


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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2011, 09:02:56 pm »
Good stuff. We can all tweak it to our liking.


Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2011, 09:22:23 am »
Great lesson but sometimes i debate what i should do. I think its very important to highlight cultural differences but at the same time, i know this will be a Korean teacher translate everything lesson (which me and my CoT have both agreed is not that effective) I suppose there is a way to reconcile this but its easier said then done. thanks again


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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2011, 07:48:08 am »
I as a Korean English teacher am also interested in culture learning and teaching. SO.. thanks! ^_^


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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2011, 08:04:56 am »
THANKS FOR THE SHARE. Ive searched this kind of lesson material. Have a good day!


  • melanie0989
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Re: American Culture (4-5 lessons) + Games
« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2014, 11:46:22 am »
I have my students look at some various aspects of American culture and come up with ways that Korean culture is different. Then they must write a letter to students in America telling them what Korean culture is like using the notes they have taken.