Foreign Cultures & World Travel
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What is “culture”?
• The almighty, unreliable WIKIPEDIA
– a particular stage, form, or kind of
civilization <ancient Greek culture>
– the beliefs, social practices, and
characteristics of a racial, religious, or
– the characteristic features of everyday life
shared by people in a particular place or
time <southern culture>
The customs, beliefs,
characteristics of a
particular nation, people,
or other social group.
What do you want out of this
Discover some areas in the world that I
might like to visit
Learn how the United States compares to
Learn more about “hot”, “developing”
Learn fun facts about other countries
How well do you know the U.S.?
• Grab a white board, marker and eraser.
• Keep track of your correct responses.
• “Why do I need to know this?”
1. Christopher Columbus
discovered the land that
we know of as America in
1492, but who gave
America its name?
Italian merchant, seafarer and
cartographer (1454 – 1512)
Bonus Question: What is a
2. Why were America’s
original inhabitants called
Columbus started his journey in
order to find a sea route to
India. When he arrived in
America, he was convinced that
it was actually India.
Bonus Question: What is the
politically correct term for
Columbus’ “Indians” today?
3. How many people live in the
Bonus Question: Where does the U.S.
rank in population in the world today?
4. What is/are the official
language (s) of the U.S.?
US English is considered the
Individual states do have official
languages and in some cases have
more than one (i.e. English &
5. Which 3 assassinations
shook the U.S. in the 1960s?
President John F. Kennedy (JFK) – 1963
Martin Luther King – black, civil rights
leader – 1968
Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) – Democratic
presidential candidate; JFK’s younger
brother – 1968
6. Which of the following
statements is true?
18 is the age for sexual consent in the
18 is the age for marriage with parental
consent in the U.S.
18 is the age for marriage without parental
consent in the U.S.
7. What is the life expectancy
in the U.S.?
77.7 years of age
Bonus Question: Which country has
the highest life expectancy with 82.1
years of age?
Also higher than the U.S.: Japan,
Switzerland, Iceland, Australia,
Spain, Sweden, Italy, France,
Canada, UK, and Germany
8. The English language has the
most words. How many, exactly?
Less than all of these!
Bonus Question: How many languages exist in
the world today? Hint: By 2020, there could
be only 700 left.
“Why do I need to
So, what are you gonna learn?
Facts & Figures
Let’s talk CURRENT EVENTS
– CNN, Yahoo, Google, MSN, MSNBC, New
York Times, ABC News, NPR
– Newspapers, Magazines, etc.
• What information is GOOD?
• Oral presentation
– How many? How long?
• Written reflection
– Summary & Personal Reflection (2 well-
• What countries are you interested in
learning more about?
• What cultural concepts do you want to
know more about?
• What languages are you interested in
learning basic expressions for?
• What kinds of work/assignments do
you want to incorporate into the class?
• FINAL PROJECT
• 9 WEEKS REALITY…
DID YOU KNOW…?
• The word vuvuzela appeared in
the English-language dictionaries
for the first time in 2010.
• What is it???
France, not the U.S., is
the most visited country
in the world.
2011 was a big year for space
• Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the
first human in space 50 year ago.
• A U.S. space shuttle flew around the Earth
for the first time 30 years ago.
The guy who discovered
Uranus was a music
teacher and organist
Southern Sudan is the world’s
The top album for 2010 was I
Dreamed a Dream by Susan
The first U.S. Air Force combat
mission in which all flight crew
personnel were women took place
in Afghanistan on March 30, 2011.
Tablet computers like the
iPad rely on technology from
The smallest bones in the human
body are found in the ear.
• From RECYCLED PAPER, we get newspapers,
cereal boxes, wrapping paper, cardboard
containers, and insulation.
• From RECYCLED PLASTIC, we get soda
bottles, benches, bike racks, cameras,
backpacks, carpeting, and clothing.
• From RECYCLED ALUMINUM, we get cans,
cars, bicycles, computers, and pots/pans.
• From RECYCLED GLASS, we get glass jars and
• From RECYCLED RUBBER, we get mouse
pads, shoe soles, floor tiles, and playground
Dalmations are born without
McDonalds is almost
everywhere, except for
about 50 countries in the
world, including Cuba, Iraq,
Vietnam and the Vatican
The U.S. has the highest
obesity rates: 2 of 3 people
are considered overweight
and ½ of those are
16% of Catholics, 10% of
Protestants, 36% of Jews,
and 3.5% of born-again
Christians either believe
there is no God or are not
sure whether or not there is
The literacy rate for Afghan
women is 12%.
Cigarette companies are
now going to have to include
on their labels, in addition to
written health warnings.
There are 300 million
131 million voted in the last
98 million voted in the
highest record American
Number of vacation days/year
• United States: 13
• Japan, South Korea: 25
• Canada: 26
• United Kingdom: 28
• Brazil: 34
• Germany: 35
• France: 37
• Italy: 42
The NEW 7 Wonders of the World:
• Colosseum, Italy
• Taj Mahal, India
• Great Wall of China
• Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
• Chichen Itza, Mexico
• Machu Picchu, Peru
• Petra, Jordan
• Bangladesh • Indonesia
• 2 million employed in the • A living monthly wage is
garment industry $244
• Garments account for • The actual monthly wage
67% of the nation’s in the garment industry is
• 80 hour avg. work week • David Beckham’s
w/two days off per month: sponsorship income from
monthly pay $34 Adidas is $24 million,
• A living monthly wage in equivalent to the living
Bangladesh is $40 wages of 100,000
Did you know?