The e-learning course is intended for all those, who are interested and would like to discover more about history and political system of the USA. The target group are mainly the students of journalism but the texts may serve as an additional material for anyone who wants to broaden his knowledge of the English language or facts about the USA.
The chapters chronologically follow particular historical periods from the discovery of the new continent up to the most present history and the final chapter is dedicated to the political system of the USA. Also, the chapters follow similar structure: they consist of an explanatory text supplemented by revision activities provided at the end of each chapter and related authentic texts of various kinds: historical documents, news reports, letters, constitutional amendments, press releases, press conference transcripts, senate resolutions, court appeals, blogs, reviews, biographies and many more.
There are several reasons for providing the authentic texts in the lessons. They were primarily chosen to supplement or enrich the information about a certain historical period, event or phenomenon. Secondly, they serve an example of various styles of authentic writing and help the students of Journalism understand the way the texts are written in English. And finally, they may serve also a background for both individual and class activities.
Discovery and first settlement
Thirteen English colonies
Creation of independence
Westward expansion and the Wild West
Civil War (1861 -1865)
From reconstruction to depression
From the WW II onwards
Political system of the USA