Topic: The United States

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Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: The United States. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expat (expatriate) a person temporarily or permanently residing, as an immigrant, in a country other than that of their citizenship. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and patria (“country, fatherland”).
e.g. Expat life is great, but it limits one’s exposure to local culture.
NRA (National Rifle Association) The National Rifle Association of America is an American nonprofit organization which advocates for gun rights.
Netflix Netflix is a global provider of streaming movies and TV series, has over 75 million subscribers as of 2016. Netflix started as an American DVD-by-mail service in 1998, and began streaming in 2007.
e.g. Netflix and chill
American Football American football is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.
Hip-hop A sub-cultural movement that formed during the early 1970s by African-American youths residing in the South Bronx in New York City.
James Dean James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in which he starred as troubled teenager: Jim Stark.
The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922.
Open Primary a primary election in which voters are not required to declare party affiliation (such as Democrat or Republican).
Federal government The federal government is composed of three distinct branches: legislative, executive, and judicial, whose powers are vested by the U.S. Constitution in the Congress, the President, and the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, respectively.
Pax Americana Pax Americana (Latin for “American Peace”, modeled after Pax Britannica and Pax Romana) is a term applied to the concept of relative peace in the Western Hemisphere and later the world as a result of the preponderance of power enjoyed by the United States beginning around the middle of the 20th century.

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What are some things in your country that have been introduced from the US? What do you think of them?
  2. Have you ever been to the US? If you have, describe your experience. If you haven’t, do you want to visit someday? Why or why not?
  3. What do you think of the role that the US plays as one of the most powerful countries in the world? What do you think of the term Pax Americana?
  4. What do you think of American pop culture? Can you name some parts of it?
  5. What do you think about the lifestyle in the US?
  6. What are three things you admire about the US? Why do you admire these things?
  7. How are Americans often stereotyped in your country?
  8. What do you think about safety in the US?
  9. Do you think the US will move in a more positive direction in the future? Why or why not?
  10. What is your country’s relationship with the US these days?

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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