American life: living in the USA, basic features of the American,
interesting parties of the American character
I. Theoretical part
Living in the USA
Sports and recreation
2. The basic features of the American
а) American national character in popular culture
б) Character of the peasants
3. The interesting parties of the American character
а) American Sexual Character
II. Practical part
1. Living in the USA
a) Social custom
Forms of address. In U.S. culture, there are three titles which can be
used for women -miss, mrs. and ms, and one for men - mr. The title "dr."
is used in academic settings. Some professors will prefer to be
addressed by their first name. In the U.S., people tend to be informal.
Personal space and handshaking. Americans tend to guard their personal
space. Generally people stand 61 cm apart. People in the u.s. shake
hands when they are first introduced. Touching the elbow or kissing the
hand are considered too intimate.
Hello and goodbye. Americans are friendly. Strangers may smile to you
and say "hello" or "how are you?"- it is a U.S. version of politeness.
In U.S. culture one "hello" per day is sometimes not enough. There may
be many hellos in a day but the good-byes are too few. One will often
leave the room without saying "excuse me" or "goodbye". Students in a
rush to get to the next class, may not say "good-bye" or "thank you". It
is customary to say "good-bye" at the end of the working day.
The U.S. Public Face. Besides greetings from complete strangers in
public places visitors can expect - loud laughter, singing, whistling,
yelling, running and skipping. Children may play ball or skateboard on
sidewalks. When people converse, they often use sweeping hand gestures,
use direct eye contact, and tend to smile a lot.
Speech. People in the U.S. also tend to be informal. They use a lot of
slang. There are also differences in American and British English.
In the U.S. classroom. Europeans are surprised by the teachers' informal
atmosphere of U.S. classrooms. Thy may eat, drink or chew gum in the
classroom. Teachers have a right, however, to ask their students not to
do these things in their classroom. Students also dress rather
informally. Students often wear jeans and tennis shoes to class. Jeans
are often purposely ripped for a "stylish" effect. Some students wear
revealing clothing -short skirts, tank tops, and sheer clothing.
Students also sk rather informally, sometimes on their own legs or
cross-legged. Students often rush to and from classes without saying
hello or good-bye to teachers. Sometimes students Come into classrooms
after the class period has begun, or leave before it has ended. They say
nothing to the teacher, since they may consider that interrupting would
Dress. People in the U.S. wear different types of clothing in different
situations. Students often wear informal clothing. Professors dress in
more formal, yet comfortable clothing. It is appropriate to alternate
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