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American National Identity in a Globalized World as a Topic in the Advanced EFL-Classroom

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Author(s): Peter Freese

Journal: American Studies Journal
ISSN 1433-5239

Issue: 51;
Start page: 2;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: U.S. | United | States | America | globalization | national identity | English language | EFL | classroom

ABSTRACT
In order to make an issue as complex and controversial as that of ‘national identity’ teachable in the advanced EFL-classroom, it has to be reduced to exemplary aspects and illustrated with concrete examples. Therefore, I will suggest an appropriate ‘Course Opener,’ briefly survey the historical unfolding of the American identity concept in order to provide teachers with the necessary background knowledge, and then suggest two teaching units, the first of which traces some major developments by means of ‘classic’ texts, whereas the second deals with the crucial issue of whether a shared language is a prerequisite for a shared identity.
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