English Teaching Study Program Faculty of Education and Teachers Training Indonesian Christian University

Course Syllabus

Subject Code Credits Number of Meeting Pre-Requisite : Brief Description

: Cross Cultural Understanding : 125752 :3 : 14

: The subject is designed familiarize students with the cross cultural concepts in general, and the American culture in particular. These concepts are expected to help them avoid culturally based misunderstandings anytime they communicate using the language they are studying develop the spirit of international understanding and friendliness. The topics cover major concepts of culture and its role in communication, and the most important aspects of American society, including the basic features of American people, traditional values and beliefs, religious heritage, business, family values, social relationship, educational values, work values, government, and the common character of Americans. : Parlindungan Pardede

Lecturer

Parlin Pardede (2011)

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Course Requirements: 1. Attendance: Not less than 80% attendance is required in this course. Participation is 25% of the overall grade for this course. This includes being in classes on time with all the necessary materials, participating in class discussion, and completing all in-class and outof-class assignments (including the ones conducted in the class blog), be they individual or group works. Individual assignments should be posted to ….. not later than three days after the class discussing the topic. Group projects should be made in to two forms: (1) the complete paper and (2) presentation slides. Each group should submit two copies to other groups and one copy to the lecturer on the day of presentation. Reading Assignments. Please make sure you read all the assigned works regularly for it will enable you to master the class materials and finish the assignments. Grading Scale: 100-80 A; 79.9-75 A-; 74.9-70.0 B+; 69.9-65 B; 64.9-60 B-; 59.9-55 C; 50-54.9 C-; 45-49.9 D; below 45 E. Grading and Revisions: a. When I return a paper to you, it will either have a grade or I will have written “revise for a grade.” If I have written “revise for a grade,” it will be recorded as a D until it is revised. Papers that receive a C+ or lower can be revised, as well. To revise a paper, make sure you make a more complete revision. b. For assignment and discussion carried out in the blog, any time I comment “please elaborate your argument/answer” you are expected to post a more complete answer.

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MEETING 1

TOPIC The Nature of Culture and its Role in a Foreign Language Program

MATERIAL Definitions of Culture Characteristics of Culture The Role of Culture in a Foreign Language Program Ethnocentrism and Stereotypes Goals of Cultural Teaching

SOURCES Pardede (2010) pp. 1-14

REMARKS Every student posts his/her answers to the questions related to this topic provided in the blog not later than three days after the class.

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Basic Features of Americans

Life in the U.S. Native Americans The Golden Door Unwilling Immigrants White Americans Asian Americans Two or more races (Multiracial American) Language and Nationality Limits on Newcomers A New System Illegal Immigrants The Legacy The Context of Traditional American Values Individual freedom and Self reliance Equality of Opportunity and Competition Material Wealth and Hard Work The American Dream Freedom of Religion in U.S. The Development of Protestantism The Protestant Heritage: Self Improvement Material Success, Hard Work, and Self Discipline Volunteerism and Humanitarianism Born-Again Christian and the Religious Right September 11, 2001, and the National Religion Religious Diversity in the US

Pardede (2010) pp. 15-24

Every student posts his/her answers to the questions related to this topic provided in the blog not later than three days after the class.

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Traditional American Values And Beliefs

Kearny et.al. (2005) pp. 25-47

Every student posts his/her answers to the questions related to this topic provided in the blog not later than three days after the class.

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The American religious Heritage

Kearny et.al. (2005) pp. 48-69

Every student posts his/her answers to the questions related to this topic provided in the blog not later than three days after the class.

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The Frontier Heritage

The Impact of the American Frontier Self Reliance and the Rugged Individualist American Macho Heroes Inventiveness and the Can-do-Spririt Equality of Opprtunity A History of Abundance From Producers to Consumers What American Consumers Like An Abundance of Technology Challenges of the Technological Revolution The Ever-Expanding Pie? On the Decline of American Abundance? The Characteristics of American Business How Business Competition Reinforces Other Values The Dream of Getting Rich The Entrepreneur as Business Hero The Corporate CEO American Business in the World Marketplace The Changing American Workforce The Election of the President and the Congress The Ideal of the Free Individual The Development of Big Government The Role of Special Interest Groups The New Individualism: Interest Group Government The Political Landscape in the 2000s.

Kearny et.al. (2005) pp. 71-89

Every student posts his/her answers to the questions related to this topic provided in the blog not later than three days after the class. Every student posts his/her answers to the questions related to this topic provided in the blog not later than three days after the class.

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The Heritage of Abundance

Kearny et.al. (2005) pp. 91-113

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The World of American business

Kearny et.al. (2005) pp. 115-137

Every student posts his/her answers to the questions related to this topic provided in the blog not later than three days after the class.

Parlin Pardede (2011)

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8 9 Government and Politics in the US

MID SEMESTER TEST A Suspicion of Strong Government The Organization of the American Government The Election of the President and the Congress The Ideal of the Free Individual The Development of Big Government The Role of Special Interest Groups The New Individualism: Interest group Government The Political Landscape in the 2000s The Establishment of Public Schools in America The Educational Ladder Attending an American University Educating the Individual Racial Equality and Education The Increasing Responsibilities of Public School The Standard Movement Multicultural Education Family Structures The Emphasis on Individual Freedom Marriage and Divorce The Role of the Child Equality in the Family Four stages of Marriage Relationship The Role of Family in Society Family Values Kearny et.al. (2005) pp. 139-161 Group 1 presents a paper about a president appointing a spouse or family member to government office. (See Kearny et.al. (2005) pp. 160)

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Education in the US

Kearny et.al. (2005) pp. 187-211

Group 2 presents a paper about “The Real Value of College Education”.

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The American family

Kearny et.al. (2005) pp. 239-261 Pardede (2010) pp. 39-52

Group 3 presents a paper about “The Comparison of Child Rising in the US and Indonesia”.

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American Communicative Style and Social Relationships

Preferred Discussion Topics Favorite Forms of Interaction Depth of Involvement Sought Channels Preferred Non Verbal Communication Level of Meaning Emphasized Meeting New People The American Concept of Friendship Relationships Prescribed by Roles Courtesy, Schedules, Gifts Sports and American values Competition Carried to an extreme? Recreation: A Time for Self Improvement Health and Fitness The Impact of Television The Impact of the Internet The „American Dream‟ Workaholics Leisure and Socializing Attitude Toward Manual Labor Social class in the United States Culture Shock The Adjustment Process Stages of Culture Shock The Re-entry Process Individual Reactions Cultural Dislocation Overcoming Culture Shock

Althen et.al. (2003) pp. 33-54, 141-154

Group 4 presents a paper about “The Comparison of Some Aspects of Social Communication in the US and Indonesia”.

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How American Spend their Leisure Time

Kearny et.al. (2005) pp. 213-237

Group 5 presents a paper about the Comparison of the Way Americans and Indonesians Spend their Leisure Time.”

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American Work Ethics

Pardede (2010) pp. 77-84

Group 6 presents a paper about American Dream and Its Counterpart in Indonesia”

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Culture Shock and Cultural Adjustment

Pardede (2010) pp. 113-119

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References Althen, Gary, Amanda R. Doran and Susan J. Szmania (2 nd ed.). 2003. American ways: A guide for foreigners in the United States. Maine: Intercultural Press. Dresserm, Norine. 2005. Multicultural manners: Essential rules of etiquette for the 21st century. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Kearny, Edward N., Mary Ann Kearny, and Jo Ann Crandal (3rd ed). 2005. The American ways: An introduction to American culture. New Jersey: Prentice Hall Inc. Pardede, Parlindungan. 2010. Introduction to American culture. Jakarta: FKIP-UKI

Recommended Text for Personal Enrichment Shearer, Benjamin F. 2008. Culture and Customs of the United States (Vol. 1: Customs and Society). Connecticut & London: Greenwood Press.

The Web-Address of the CCU Class Blog:

http://parlindunganpardede.wordpress.com/category/my-virtual-classes/ccu-my-virtual-classes/

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