|English for Specific Purposes (ESP): Teaching English for Specific Purposes (Peace Corps, 1986, 110 p.)|
|Chapter Five: Materials selection and development|
In some cases you may be preparing students for a program of study in the U.S. or U.K. If so, you should incorporate cultural information into your curriculum to help them in their transition. Following are some topics to include:
Greetings and Introduction: Formal and informal situations, when to use first names, how to keep a conversation going.
Punctuality: American standards and expectations. How to apologize for being late. How to talk about time ("it's a quarter after," nit's fifteen minutes " etc.)
Asking questions: Asking for directions or other information.
University life: The U.S. system of education, features of campus life. How to talk with professors and other students.
Food: Common foods, types of restaurants.
Medical care: Vocabulary relating to health and illness, prescription vs. over-the-counter drugs- types of medical care available.
Male-Female Relationships: The roles of men and women in American society; dealing with women and men in all walks of life.
Transportations: Air, bus (inter and intra-city), train, and automobile. How to read a schedule. Driving laws.
Shopping: Types of stores. U.S. money; use of checks, tipping customs.
Other information which your students will find useful includes:
- Geographic and demographic features of the U.S.
- Weather and climate
- The U.S. political system: state and federal government.