We definitely had a busy lesson today, especially since you had to hand in your second letter for your Cambodian partner.
Barriers to Intercultural Communication
At the beginning of our lesson, we looked at how barriers can affect intercultural communication. There are seven barriers: (a) anxiety; (b) assuming similarities instead of differences; (c) ethnocentrism; (d) stereotypes and prejudices; (e) nonverbal misunderstandings; (f) cultural nearsightedness; and (g) language. We focused mainly on anxiety, assuming similarities and ethnocentrism. After our mid-term test, we'll look more deeply into nonverbal misunderstandings and language. You can find today's slide presentation in the IE3 ICC Lectures section.
Presentation Guidelines and Mid-Term Test:
In next week's class, you'll receive guidelines for your group presentations. After, we'll have a short test on the material we've covered so far in class. To help you prepare for the test, you can refer to the Mid-Term Test Preparation handout.
Mid-Term Test Absence:
Absence for the test will not be allowed unless it is a serious medical illness. If you miss the test, you will have to do the following:
1. Prepare for mid-term test
I hope you enjoyed the Golden Week vacation, and didn’t catch spring fever. We’ll have a few busy weeks ahead of us. Don’t forget that we’ll have our mid-term test on May 26 – just two more weeks!
High- and Low-Context Cultures
At the beginning of our lesson, we looked at how we can divide cultures into two different types: high-context and low-context. We had a variety of activities to understand the features of each type, and then classified a variety of cultures using this classification. You can find today's slide presentation in the IE3 ICC Lectures section.
Cambodian-Japanese Writing Program:
We also completed activities on how to describe cultural artifacts and cultural practices to people who are not familiar with your cultures. You can review the steps with the handouts from our lesson. They are also included at the end of today’s summary.
You also received your first letter from your Cambodian partner. We’ll have some time to discuss your letters in next week’s lesson. Before that, you’ll have to complete Letter #2 for your partner. Please review the guidelines if you have any questions.
If you were not in class today, you need to contact me to arrange a time to pick up your letter before the next class. You need the letter to answer your partner’s questions.
1. Letter #2 for your Cambodian partner
2. Blog Comment #5
3. Reading, ch. 4, 81-103
Blog Question #5:
*Write 150-200 words.
*Use capitalization, punctuation & spelling correctly.
*Submit by Monday, May 18 by 6:00pm.