Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Michael Jerald


I am an English teacher of the Shanghai Foreign Language Institute and have been training students preparing to come to the United States for further study. They are the backbone of the scientific and technological contingents of the People's Republic of China. Their success in their study abroad will give great impetus to the realization of the four modernizations of China.

To ensure their better survival and greater success in their study during the time they stay in the United States, I think it is significant to provide some material both in language and culture which students will find helpful in the situations they are sure to be involved in the United States.

One year, from September 1983 to August 1984, my living and studying in the United. States enabled me to work on. this project which will serve the above mentioned purpose.

The whole project consists of written material (conversation text), visual aids (slides) and audio aids (tape). The text covers 15 topics, each consisting of four parts: conversation, notes, questions for discussion and a role play. The slides and tapes, supporting the texts, provide specific cultural information. and the real speech. of the native speakers. The textbook is written with the particular vocabulary, colloquialisms, idiomatic expressions and forms of address used in different situations.

The project is based on my own observations and experiences in the United States and I hope it will be useful for students coming to the United States.


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