Who am I Laura Mendoza Born and raised in Espoo, Finland Studied and worked in Seattle, USA for 10+ years English lecturer (Language Centre, TKK) Finland USA Mexico Finland. American culture. Objective:. To deepen our understanding of the American culture
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Who am I Laura Mendoza
Born and raised in Espoo, Finland
Studied and worked in Seattle, USA for 10+ years
English lecturer (Language Centre, TKK)
Finland USA Mexico Finland
To deepen our understanding of the American culture
ListfivestereotypicalcharacteristicsthatdescribeAmericans. Usedescriptiveterms and notevaluativeterms (uninterested in worldpolitics vs. ignorant)
“If the foreign visitor really understood how deeply ingrained these 13 values are in Americans, he or she would then be able to understand 95% of American actions
– actions which might otherwise appear strange, confusing, or unbelievable when evaluated from the perspective of the foreigner’s society.”
Robert A. Kohls
Kohl’s 13 Values that Americans live by
1. Personal control over environment
Space exploration, moon
Hurricane Catrina: who was blamed?
2. Change seen as natural andpositive
3. Time and its control
4. Equality and fairness
5. Individualism / Independence
6. Self-help/ Initiative
9.Action / Work Orientation
11.Directness / Openness/ Honesty
12.Practicality / Efficiency
13.Materialism / Acquisitiveness
Reflecting on the stereotypes
Let’s take a look at the stereotypes generated in the beginning of the class
Which value(s) help explain the stereotypes?
Is there a quality you would now take off the list?