A fun approach to American Culture: An elective course for junior and senior students

Author: Nathalia Peña Medrano

Year: 2008

Title: A fun approach to American Culture: An elective course for junior and senior students.


Summary: This purpose of this project is to develop a 4-month elective course for senior students whose level of English is advanced. Based on the Communicative approach and on a content-based syllabus, students will be working on identifying, distinguishing and discussing historical backgrounds underlying humoristic devices, as well as on the improvement of the four linguistic skills. At the end of the elective course, students will be able to write a short essay analyzing one humoristic aid.


Key words: motivation, culture, cultural knowings, communicative approach, content-based syllabus, humor, humoristic devices, Chaplin, Vietnam War, Hippie Movement.

Library barcode: PEÑ 306.0973