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In this module, module number 9 named US Culture, the trainee will be able to go through some United States history, beginning with the origins and revising important dates and facts in the history of the ‘Home of the brave’ with the objective not only to review or learn about American history, but also to be able to include bits and chunks of this country’s history in the teaching of English as a Foreign language.


The development of the Culture of the United States of America has been marked by tension between two strong sources of inspiration: European ideals, especially British; and domestic originality.

American Culture encompasses traditions, ideals, customs, beliefs, values, and innovations developed both domestically and imported via colonization and immigration. Prevalent ideas and ideals which evolved domestically such as important national holidays, uniquely American sports, proud military tradition, and innovation in the arts and entertainment give a strong sense of national pride among the population as a whole.

It includes both conservative and liberal elements, military and scientific competitiveness, political structures, risk taking and free expression, materialist and moral elements.

It also includes elements which evolved from Native Americans and other subcultures; most prominently the culture of African American slave descendants and different cultures from Latin America. Many cultural elements, especially popular culture have been exported across the globe through modern mass media where American culture is sometimes resented. A few of the cultural elements have remained rather exclusive to North America.

In short, we can infer that American culture is a mixture of the different kinds of cooperation made by the immigrants this country has received since the founding fathers established the nation as such.

The trainee will be able to use American history to develop and put into practice thought-provoking activities that will immerse students in the practice of the newly acquired language having American Culture as an enriching context.


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Octubre de 1949 es una fecha histórica para nuestro Instituto Cultural, bajo la dirección de Mrs. Vera G. Mitchell, profesora egresada de Universidades de EUA, comenzó a impartir cursos de inglés dentro de la Biblioteca Benjamin Franklin, instalada en las aulas de la Universidad de Guadalajara (Vallarta y Escorza). El Instituto tuvo una gran acogida por parte de la sociedad tapatía, del estudiantado, así como de los diversos organismos gubernamentales y privados. Hubo tal cantidad de solicitudes de inscripción en los cursos que fue imposible atender en su totalidad por la limitación al principio de los espacios disponibles.

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