Facing cultural issues as well as problems of adolescence is a daily way of life for thousands of young foreign students. Three different sets of their peers include Americans, students of other countries and those of their own nationality. As to adults they must deal both with their parents and their teachers whose requirements and expectations often differ. 47% American is a practical reading-conversation-writing book designed to help them develop strategies for coping.
In twenty-six chapters you meet a multicultural class of intermediate ESL students. Each lesson highlights a student from a different country facing a typical dilemma related to family, school or friends. Your students will see themselves mirrored. Reading sections introduce the situation. Following this, individual and group exercises enable students to get essential information about American culture and school and community rules. Students develop skills in addressing the expectations of the adult world, discover local resources and learn to use them and practice dealing effectively with emotions generated by the situation. Simulations, role-play and games comprise the lessons’ conversation segments. Journals and writing exercises offer practice in putting thoughts on paper.