American Society and Culture is an optional course at our college, so I usually keep the teaching of the course light. Most days we talk through a PowerPoint presentation together. The PowerPoints for this course contain lots of pictures and graphics for discussion and interest. I also show a huge number of video clips from YouTube to compliment each PowerPoint presentation.
I put these presentations together about two years ago, so a few of the statistics may have changed; however, the enduring cultural information is accurate. These presentations use simple English and often really simplify what can be some very complex topics. As always in culture classes, the teacher should emphasize that each country has many individuals and so we cannot and should not over-generalize; we can just notice trends and traditions practiced by large groups of a population.
Some of the PowerPoints for this course were made to compliment a textbook that we use in class; those portions can be easily edited out, however.
Please feel free to use, edit, and share them as needed.
To download the PowerPoint presentation for American Values, click here: American Values
I LOVE teaching this lesson! The PowerPoint is really basic, but I make the class more interesting by showing the students a series of American commercials. I show each commercial twice and students need to try to guess which value is represented in it. Then we have a mini-discussion, I give them some explanation or examples, and we go on to the next one. If you’re interested in the specific list of commercials I use, please contact me.