ERIC Number: ED207348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Orientation and Intercultural Communication: A Course for Advanced ESL Students.
St. Martin, Gail M.
This paper details the content of a one-term course designed to introduce advanced students of English as a second language to the general cultural environment of the United States, especially the university, and to provide them with some intercultural communication skills and awarenesses. Focus is placed on students' needs assessment, the selection of a university, notetaking, testing, United States classroom behavior patterns, student-professor relationships, nonverbal communication, and the cultural dimension of dating, family, and friendship. A variety of communication sources and styles is stressed to optimize student involvement and learning in class interaction. The results of course evaluation forms submitted to students in the program reveal that as a result of their exposure to the program, students believe themselves to be better informed and therefore better able to cope with their new cultural surroundings. (Author/JK)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Audiolingual Skills, Behavior Patterns, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Processes, Communication (Thought Transfer), Cultural Education, Emotional Development, English (Second Language), Intercultural Programs, Orientation, Postsecondary Education, Social Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intercultural Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (33rd, Nashville, TN, May 26-29, 1981).