AMERICAN WAYS GARY ALTHEN PDF

ISBN In American Ways, Gary Althen succeeds in making American culture understandable to both foreigners and new Americans who are not familiar with their new culture. While cautioning his readers that his views should not be regarded as foregone conclusions about all Americans, Althen nevertheless provides an outline of the general trends of behaviour of white, middle-class Americans, and follows this with excellent explanations as to why these Americans tend to behave as they do. Althen is quick to acknowledge that all Americans are not white and middle-class, but points out that since that category [has] held the large majority of the countrys most influential positions p. This book addresses and explains those ideals. Part I of American Ways presents some general ideas about American culture, including a good explanation of their devotion to individualism p.

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Stay tuned. It is the third edition, written by Gary Althen with Janet Bennett, and it was published in by Intercultural Press. So, the audience for this book is anyone wanting to learn more about American culture. The vocabulary can be quite advanced at times, which provides a great opportunity for my students to learn a lot of new words.

In this section, there are four chapters that discuss American values and assumptions, the communication style in the U.

Part two has 17 chapters, and is titled Specific Aspects of American Life. The topics range from politics to religion to dating, shopping, healthcare, and business. My students and I have had some very good discussions comparing their culture in these areas with the U. This final section of the book gives international visitors some helpful ideas about adjusting to life in America and various activities to help the reader learn even more about American culture.

Finally, there is a conclusion chapter and several references and suggested readings for further study. Let me tell you a bit about the authors of this book. The authors seem to be quite knowledgeable, and they really try to present information in an unbiased way. Gary Althen, the main author, who is now retired, has 35 years of experience in international education. He has lived abroad and worked with international students at the University of Iowa.

Janet Bennett, who is also a contributor to the book, has a PhD in intercultural communication and anthropology. I mean, there are many aspects of our culture, values, beliefs, assumptions, and customs that I just take for granted in my day-to-day life. I may not realize why I have certain beliefs, or that I even do have those beliefs. So, this book does a great job of explaining a lot of the confusing and maybe even unknown aspects of American culture. I highly recommend this book to anyone from another country who wants to live in the U.

It will definitely make your life easier. Your English level, however, must be high intermediate or advanced because the language in this text is pretty advanced. There is, of course, some bias in this book. But, this really creates a great opportunity for discussion. Also, there is some outdated information because statistics, laws, and demographics are changing all the time, but overall, I find this book to be an essential resource to learn about American culture.

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American Ways: A Cultural Guide to the United States

International Student Services Staff Directory American Values and Assumptions Living in a foreign country and adjusting to a new culture can be a very rewarding experience. But, it can also be a difficult one if you do not understand the values and assumptions of the society. The values and assumptions of a culture shape the way people act. To help you adjust, we have compiled a brief explanation of why U. Americans behave the way they do. Althen is an experienced and recognized international student advisor.

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Gary Althen. ISBN In American Ways, Gary Althen succeeds in making American culture understandable to both foreigners and new Americans who are not familiar with their new culture. While cautioning his readers that his views should not be regarded as foregone conclusions about all Americans, Althen nevertheless provides an outline of the general trends of behaviour of white, middle-class Americans, and follows this with excellent explanations as to why these Americans tend to behave as they do. Althen is quick to acknowledge that all Americans are not white and middle-class, but points out that since that category [has] held the large majority of the countrys most influential positions p.

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