Communicating in American Culture(s)

Barack Obama holding a microphone and speaking outdoors in front of a number of people.

Barack Obama's ability to connect with American voters helped him win the presidency in 2008. (Photo courtesy of obamaforamerica on Flickr. License: CC BY-NC-SA.)


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Spring 2019



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In Communicating in American Culture(s), bilingual students examine how various aspects of American culture—history, geography, institutions, traditions, values—have shaped dominant Anglo-American communication norms and responses to critical events in the world. In addition, you can expect to practice and strengthen your analytical and communication skills in a carefully scaffolded manner, starting with frequent short writing and speaking tasks and progressing to longer, more formal tasks.

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Jane Dunphy. 21G.221 Communicating in American Culture(s). Spring 2019. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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