Guidelines for Making Presentations During IEW
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country and culture with others by giving presentations to:
- Your classmates (history, government, social studies,
political science, language classes, school clubs, etc.)
- Elementary, middle, or high schools
- Local community organizations
- Senior citizens
- Neighborhood associations
- Places of worship
Some background on IEW to share during your presentation:
International Education Week began in 2000 and is sponsored
by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education. This
important week is observed all across the United States and
in more than 100 countries overseas. IEW is celebrated in November
each year during the week before the American holiday of Thanksgiving.
IEW is an opportunity for exchange students worldwide
to share with their host communities their cultures and highlight
the benefits of international educational exchange programs.
The worldwide celebration of IEW offers a unique
opportunity to reach out to people in every nation, to develop
a broader understanding of world cultures and languages, and
to reiterate the conviction that enduring friendships and partnerships
created through international education and exchange are important
for a secure future for all countries. You can make a difference
by sharing with others your culture - your history, government,
language, food, holidays, school system and traditions.
Visuals can help your presentation:
- Show photos of your country, friends and family
- Bring a map or your national flag, or make a poster with facts about your country
- Share your favorite recipes or foods
- Read your favorite story or recite a national poem
- Play your national anthem or song
- Prepare a video or PowerPoint presentation about your country or city
Your presentation might include some of the following examples...
- Introduce yourself in either your native language or another foreign language and in English.
- Give your name, your home country, and share a
little bit about your experience as an exchange student.
A story about your home country.
- A day in the life of a typical teenager in your home (or host)
- What school is like in your home country.
- What it is like to live with your host family - describe a day in the life.
- Describe a holiday celebration in your home country and its importance.
- Describe a funny experience you had on your exchange - in school,
with friends, with your host family.
- Describe the strangest thing you have learned about your host
- Describe the biggest difference you see between your home and
your host country.
- Describe how your exchange experience has impacted
you, your host family and your own family. Did you change at
all? Has it shaped your plans and goals for the future?
A focus on a certain topic(s)
Government: Explain how your government functions.
Discuss the similarities and differences between your government
and the U.S. government.
History: Tell about your nation's history.
Culture: Discuss the different types of food,
music, dances, traditions, etc. in your country. Bring in food
samples, demonstrate dances/songs, or play traditional music
from your country.
Language: Teach students a few simple phrases
in your native language.
Important Social/Political/Religious Issues: Talk about some of the specific things that people in your country
are interested in or concerned about. You can discuss family
trends, economic issues, social/environmental problems, importance
of religion, political changes, etc.
Special thanks to the Center for Cultural Interchange,
Council on International Educational Exchange and Youth For
Understanding USA for providing some of these guidelines.
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