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 peostand 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 ex- loud laughter, singing, whistling, yelling, running and skipping. Children may play ball or skateon 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 differ-ences 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 be rude.
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 alclothing daily. People often wear different combinations of three or four outfits. They mix and match a few shirts with 3 or 4 pairs of pants or shirts.
Smoking is prohibited in elevators and some bathrooms, on buses, subways, on all domestic air-line flights and most public buildings /museums, markets, classrooms and offices/. Violators are subject to fines. It is polite to ask your companions if they mind if you smoke.
Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages. The purchase of alcoholic beverages by or for people unthe age of 21 is unlawful in the U.S. It is also prohibited on many university campuses. No beer or albeverages may be consumed in public areas, including streets and parks.
ATTITUDES AND VALUES IN THE U.S.
Individuality and independence. People in the U.S. consider themselves individuals. They value independence and self-reliance. Children are encouraged to think and do things on their own. The educasystem seeks to cultivate an adult who can manage his/her life independently.