Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
The main purpose of this text is to provide a format through which a foreign student can gain a better understanding of the United States and its people. A secondary goal is to encourage students to use and improve their aural/oral skills. Due to the nature of the topic of the lessons, students should find it easy to contribute to active discussions. At times, the students are forced to mix with the target culture through activities provided at the end of each lesson.
The text consists of fifty lessons with each lesson having a single topic as focus of contrast, discussion and investigation. The topics fall into the following general categories: Home and Daily Activities, Social Customs, Transportation, Education and Miscellaneous. The first page of each lesson provides the student with a contrast between Iran and the United States. The second page of each lesson supplies additional information on the United States, and offers a variety of activities designed to further the students' understanding of the United States. A majority of the lessons are accompanied by slides to be presented as an introduction to the topics. These slides serve to illustrate a particular aspect of the United States or its culture.
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education
Mitchell, Charles Wayman and Mitchell, Marie Eileen, "An Orientation to the United States" (1981). MA TESOL Collection. 335.