Tuesday, March 29, 2011

American Culture and Values

Studying in the United States of America can be a wonderful learning experience. Both in and out of the classroom you will learn and practice the English language. You will also learn much about American life and its sometimes confusing culture.

It's very important to know the values that shape U.S American's attitude and behaviors.

As you consider these values it is important to remember that:
1. U.S. society is made up of a diversity of ethnic groups and cultures that have helped shape American values;
2. Some individuals and groups have a set of respected values that are quite different from those of mainstream America;
3. People's attitudes and behaviou are based on their values.

Some Major U.S. American Values
Equality – U.S. Americans uphold the ideal that everyone “is created equal” and has the same rights.
Individuality – U.S. Americans are encouraged at an early age to be independent and to develop their own goals in life.
Privacy – U.S. Americans like their privacy and enjoy spending time alone. Foreign visitors will find their homes and offices open, but what is inside the American mind is considered to be private.
Time – U.S. Americans take pride in making the best use of their time.
Informality – The U.S. American lifestyle is generally casual. You will see students going to class in shorts and t-shirts.
Achievement and Hard Work/Play – The foreign visitor is often impressed at how achievement oriented Americans are and how hard they both work and play.
Direct and Assertive – U.S. Americans try to work out their differences face-to-face and without a mediator.

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