Submitted by: ISE, Yvonne Hollande-Arendt, Baker Barris, Stange, Jeffrey Bissell (Head of the Chinese American International School and former director of SYA-China), who has spent around 500 days on the road in China with US students, and Zhang Tong 张彤 (Chinese Language Coordinator at School Year Abroad-China)

21st Century Skills: Social and Cross-Cultural Skills

Purpose: history and culture are the fabric of all societies. Students explore and gain understanding of a variety of historical and cultural characteristics for the destination they are traveling to.

Materials:

Any Destination:
Crossing: Country Guides to Culture, Etiquette, Customs and More
Countries and their Cultures

China specific:
Chinese Culture - Beyond Tourism
Chinese Business Culture and Protocol

Costa Rica specific:
Costa Rica Study Unit 2010.pdf (Some information needs updating. Perfect challenge for your students!)
Costa Rican Geography Unit - Baker Barris
Costaricabook - Stange

Germany specific:
Kulturelle Aspekte.pdf (Some information needs updating. Perfect challenge for your students!)

France specific:
Aspects Culturels.pdf (Some information needs updating. Perfect challenge for your students!)
French History Lessons
Revolutionary and Social French Songs
Will you be seeing any "Picasso in France?" This resource includes a quiz and assignments for students
Another great website with content that explores French historical subjects: Historia
Civilization Française: Histoire

Mexico specific:
Aspectos Culturales.pdf

Peru specific:
Inca Study Unit - by YeVonne Holland-Arendt.pdf
Una leyenda de Perú by YeVonne Holland-Arendt.ppt

Spain specific:
Aspectos Culturales.pdf (Some information needs updating. Perfect challenge for your students!)

Spanish language specific/diverse countries:
Cultural Resources and Activities for Spanish Language Learners