American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of by James Maguire

By James Maguire

What the bestselling Word Freak did for Scrabble, this riveting narrative now does for the nationwide Spelling Bee. here's a alluring slice of Americana--part carrying occasion, half soaking up human drama, and half social gathering of the magic of words.
Every spring within the nation's capital, after a beginning pool of 10 million childrens narrows to 250 finalists, America's best younger spellers face off in a nail-biting contest. So electrical is the drama that hundreds of thousands of audience song in to monitor ESPN's reside telecast
But this nationwide obsession is far greater than a carrying story--and this first-ever narrative nonfiction e-book concerning the nationwide Spelling Bee immerses the reader in targeted culture, portraying the endearing fraternity of really good, eccentric younger observe nerds who vie for a gold trophy, a hefty payment, and an excellent second of nationwide fame.
Author James Maguire, who just like the contestants is an inveterate be aware nut, captures the pain and glory of this singularly American occasion. He profiles the head 5 spellers around the state, exploring their hopes and dreams--and options for winning--as they organize for his or her second within the highlight. American Bee takes readers backstage on the nationwide Bee, offering a story thrill journey because the stress mounts around via round.

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The data were collected by means of a web-questionnaire. The results show that the respondents’ declarative knowledge of culture is sufficient and close to what an ICC teacher should know. Their skills of teaching culture are mostly confined to transmitting foreign culture knowledge. The teachers, however, do not employ activities that support independent searching for cultural information, its presentation and critical evaluation. Only few teachers declared to use an experiential approach to teaching ICC, evident, for example, in organizing trips and intercultural exchange programs.

Intercult Edu 17(1):55–72 Sercu L, Bandura E, Castro P, Davcheca L, Laskaridou C, Lundgren U et al (2005) Foreign language teachers and intercultural competence an international investigation. Multilingual Matters, Clevedon Skelton T, Allen T (1999) Introduction. In: Skelton T, Allen T (eds) Culture and global change. Routlege, London, pp 1–10 Chapter 4 Do We Need to Teach Culture and How Much Culture Do We Need? Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic Abstract The educational policy of the European Union stresses the need for special treatment of culture in the school systems.

However, culture is differently perceived in each competence and therefore revisiting cultural aspects in language learning and teaching is justified. In addition, the twenty first century is the age of globalization with English as its lingua franca which means that people use English to communicate with native and non-native speakers of this language from diverse cultural backgrounds. In fact, the participants of such encounters (non-native speakers of English communicating in this language) have to cope with three different cultural contexts, namely their first language culture, their foreign language culture and the culture of their interlocutor.

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