There are three components to the resource materials in this project. There are: a packet of approximately one hundred small (3'' x 5'') index cards, a packet of about two hundred large ( 4'' x 6'') index cards, and a type-written paper. The small index cards contain statistical information, the large index cards contain quotations, and the paper has an introduction to the entire project and the numerical distribution of responses to a questionnarie entitled: "The Typical American". In the introduction, the basic tenets and format of the project are given as well as possible uses for it. The materials may be used collectively as a single resource or separately in any of its three parts.
The materials are to be used as teaching aids. They may be used in classes of foreign students studying English in the United States or students of English abroad with an interest in American culture. The materials may also be used for Americans who will have foreign students. The materials are to be used primarily as an orientation to the culture and society of the United States of America. They are meant specifically to deal with the collectively perceived entity known as " the American". The materials may be used to heighten the awareness of Americans to preconceptions about their culture and how they may be viewed as representatives of it.
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Ebner, Laurence D., ""The Typical American" Source Materials" (1976). MA TESOL Collection. 196.