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