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American Literature and Culture

American Life and Institutions Douglas K. Stevenson
Reprinted through arrangements with Ernst Klett Schulbuchverlage GmbH u. Co.KG. (Stuttgart, Federal Republic of Germany, 1987)

  • intermediate/advanced reader
  • reference
  • history, culture
This introduction to the USA and its people, at an intermediate to advanced level of language difficulty, consists of ten chapters and presents an integrative view of American society, history, economics, politics, media, and culture. The volume is suitable both as a classroom reader and as a reference work as a foundation for further study. There are suggested questions for discussion and a glossary of terms.(This edition cannot be distributed in Western Europe and Japan, except by special arrangement.) (Currently out of stock; the revised 1996 edition is expected in the fall) Text 144 pp.


American Panorama Thomas Kral

  • intermediate/advanced
  • integrated skills
  • history, culture
Used in conjunction with the McGraw-Hill video series American History, the text integrates the teaching of English with the content of American History, from colonial times through World War II. A variety of skill building activities draws upon collaborative learning methodology to give students practice in focused listening, vocabulary development, critical reading, grammar practice, essay writing, role play and issue-related discussion. The text and video package can constitute a content-based semester-long course or be used thematically to supplement a course in general English. The text contains maps, graphs and historic photographs. Text 253 pp.
Set of 17 half-hour videocassettes available
Answer key, 29 pp


American Patchwork Betty Keene Taska, editor

  • advanced
  • reading
  • short stories, culture
A collection of American short stories, mostly contemporary, that reflect ways of life in various geographical regions of the United States. Each story is introduced by pre-reading activities followed by cultural notes and exercises for comprehension, vocabulary development, and structure. A brief geographical passage introduces each section. Text 214 pp.


American Perspectives: The United States in the Modern Age Carl Bode, editor

  • advanced
  • reading, reference
  • history, culture
This anthology is a collection of 60 readings from American cultural history, literature, and social science which identify pervasive patterns of American attitudes and society. With a focus on the place and values of Middle America in a changing modern world, the texts are concerned with ideas and with emotions, as well as with their results in action. The aim of the collection is to suggest what Americans have been like since the start of the 20th century and what they are like today. (Developed by USIA Division for the Study of the US.) Text 343 pp.


Celebrate! Holidays in the USA

  • high intermediate/advanced
  • reading
  • culture
Celebrate! is a high-intermediate/advanced level EFL reader on American holidays and the ways that they are commemorated. Historical background notes and glossaries are included. Richly illustrated with color and black and white photographs, the text can serve as a presentation item as well as a text for classroom use or self-study. Text 151 pp.


Crown of Eagles: The Life Stories of Ten Famous American Indians Anne Covell Newton

  • advanced
  • reading
  • short stories, culture
First published in 1974, this booklet provides interesting historical and cultural background notes on Native Americans. Each unit is followed by comprehension and discussion questions, maps, drawings, and photographs. A pictorial portfolio, notes on the tribes, glossary, and answer key are appended. Text 82 pp


Design for Drama: Short Plays from American Literature Helaine Michaels-Klein, editor

  • advanced
  • reading
  • plays
The plays in this collection, intended for radio and television, are adaptations in drama form of well-known American short stories and a poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson titled Richard Cory. The stories represented are The Marriages by Henry James, The Furnished Room by O. Henry, The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving, The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe, and A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce. The adapter has included a section of guidelines for teachers who may want to produce the plays for public audiences. Text 52 pp.


An Early American Reader J.A. Leo Lemay, editor

  • advanced
  • reading, reference
  • history, culture
This anthology of early American primary cultural and literary readings and documents is intended as a reader and reference for advanced students, teachers, and scholars. There are six chapters: The American Dream , Religious Traditions in Early America , The Indian and the Frontier , Nature and the World , Slavery and the Black , and The American Revolution. Eighty-seven illustrations from the period complement the text. (Developed by USIA Division for the Study of the US.) Text 736 pp.


Edgar Allan Poe: Storyteller

  • intermediate/advanced
  • listening/speaking/reading
  • short stories
A re-issue of seven popular Poe stories: The Mask of the Red Death, The Story of William Wilson, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Black Cat, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Cask of Amontillado. The stories, slightly adapted, are introduced by a section on Poe's life and work. Drawings, photographs, glossary notes, and exercises are included in each unit; verb list and glossary are appended. Text 89 pp.; set of 6 audiocassettes.


Highlights of American Literature Carl Bode, editor

  • advanced
  • reading
  • literature
A revised popular collection that includes the following main sections: "National Beginnings" from Franklin to Hawthorn, "Romanticism and Reason" from Emerson to James, "The American Short Story" from Bierce to Stockton, "Realism and Reaction" from Dreiser to Steinbeck, "Modern Voices in Prose and Poetry" including Hemingway, Lowell, Roethke, Jerrell and Wright. A section dealing with American drama and suggestions to the teacher conclude the volume. This anthology provides a good overview of American literature, its principal writers and writings, up to the mid- sixties. It can be used as a course text in advanced EFL classes in American literature, as well as an introductory text for American Studies. Text 288 pp.


If You Feel Like Singing Alice H. Osman and Jean McConochie

  • intermediate
  • integrative
  • history/culture
This USIA reprint of the popular former Longman text is a collection of 28 American folksongs with a wide variety of accompanying activities. Each song is introduced by a short reading which explains the song's origin and its historical/cultural significance. A 60-minute audiocassette recording of all the songs is available. Excellent source for teacher training seminars as well as for EFL classes. Text 95 pp.; audiocassette.


Ladder Editions

  • intermediate
  • reading
  • literature, culture
This collection of classic literature has been simplified for high-beginners and intermediate level readers.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2000-word level)Text 166 pp
Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1000-word level)Text 125 pp
Autobiography of Mark Twain (3000-word level) text 81 pp
Four Stories by Stephen Crane (2000-word level) Text 128 pp
O. Henry's American Scenes (1000-word level) 59 pp
To Build A Fire and Other Stories: Jack London (2000-word level)
Text 69 pp.


Making America: The Society and the Culture of the United States Luther Luedtke, editor

  • advanced
  • reading, reference
  • history, culture
This volume is a collection of 24 original essays by major American scholars on many aspects of American society and is intended as a reader and reference for advanced students, teachers, and scholars. There are four sections: Building a Nation , Expressions of American Culture , Society and Values , and Varieties of American Thought. (Developed by USIA Division for the Study of the US.) See also A Reader's Guide to Making America, below. Text 349 pp.


Mind Speaks to Mind Dean Curry, editor

  • advanced
  • reading
  • essays
A collection of 18 essays, mostly contemporary in nature, by some leading writers and essayists of the United States. Designed for advanced students who enjoy discussion of ideas, insights, and philosophical concepts. Brings together a stimulating variety of topics to inspire communicative interchange in the EFL classroom. Text 76 pp.


A Nineteenth-Century American Reader M. Thomas Inge, editor

  • advanced
  • reading, reference
  • history, culture
This anthology of original nineteenth-century primary cultural and literary readings and documents is intended as a reader and reference for advanced students, teachers, and scholars. There are four major divisions: Geographic Expansion and National Character , Transcendental Inquiry and Individual Conscience , Internal Dissension and Sense of Union , and Industrial Triumph and Confrontation of Reality . One hundred three illustrations from the period complement the text. (Developed by USIA Division for the Study of the US.) Text 579 pp.


Old Favorites for All Ages: Songs for Learners of English Anna Maria Malkoc, editor

  • beginning/intermediate/advanced
  • listening/speaking
  • songs, culture
As the title suggests, this collection of 68 well-loved songs all in the public domain (and therefore not copyrighted) includes children s songs, action and counting songs, general group (ballads and country) songs, rounds, and lullabies. Musical notations and illustrations appear with each song. Notes to the Teacher and References and Resources sections are appended. Text 110 pp.; set of 3 audiocassettes.


Portraits in Words Thomas Kral, editor

  • intermediate/advanced
  • speaking/reading/writing
  • biographies
These biographical essays include a variety of advanced-level reading and listening comprehension activities. The accompanying cassette contains segments from radio, commercial records, and live discussions of George Washington Carver, Emily Dickinson, Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, Ernest Hemingway, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Armstrong, Walt Disney, and Margaret Bourke-White. The text is illustrated with photos and other graphics. (See Twelve Famous Americans for a similar book by the same author.) Text 142 pp.; audiocassette.


A Reader's Guide to Making America Luther Luedtke, editor

  • advanced
  • reading, reference
  • history, culture
This is a teacher's companion volume to Luedtke s book Making America: The Society and the Culture of the United States. Devoting two to three pages to each of the essays in the original work, the author provides a short introduction and a section of specific discussion topics and numbered paragraphs which cross reference the collection and point the reader toward the major classics of and on American culture. (Developed by USIA Division for the Study of the U.S.) Text 98 pp.


Seven of Note: Brief Biographies of Famous American Authors

  • intermediate/advanced
  • speaking/reading
  • biographies
The literary figures included in this small volume have all made significant contributions to the development of American literary history in the novel, the short story, and drama (two are Nobel Prize winners): Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jack London, Sinclair Lewis, and Eugene O Neill. A glossary and a variety of exercises are included at the end of each chapter. Appropriate as a supplementary reader for language classes and seminars as well as introductory material for American literature and culture programs. Text 47 pp.;set of 2 audiocassettes.


Twelve Famous Americans Thomas Kral

  • intermediate/advanced
  • reading/listening/speaking
  • biographies
Biographical essays on Franklin, Thoreau, Blackwell, Cassatt, Bell, Twain, Addams, Cather, Edison, Goddard, Keller, and Owens, with original source material relating to the social and cultural history of the United States. Sequenced activities provide practice in recognizing main ideas, extracting specific information, outlining, note taking, and making inferences. The audiocassette provides additional information regarding the life and works of each individual for a variety of listening tasks. Revised edition. Text 136 pp; audiocassette


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