ERIC Number: ED345308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
An Experiential Approach to an Upper Division Course in Intercultural Communication.
Ostermeier, Terry H.
Rapidly changing demographics are forcing more and more Americans to interact with people who are different from themselves. Americans must become more sensitive to cultural diversity. One way to address this challenge at the university level is to offer courses in intercultural communication. At one university, an upper level course in intercultural communication is offered which meets the university requirement in cultural diversity. After an introductory examination of terms and concepts, the first half of the course addresses the international dimension, looking at African, Middle Eastern, and South American cultures, both generally and in specific cultures or countries. The second half of the course is devoted to intercultural communication within a country, using as a starting point the situation of French and English speakers in Canada, followed by an examination of the primary non-Caucasian cultures in the United States. Throughout the course certain core aspects are covered, including cultural factors (attitudes, beliefs, values, stereotypes, and prejudices), verbal communication or language factors (translation problems, denotative and connotative meaning, and linguistic relativity), and nonverbal communication factors (such as gestures and facial expression). Instruction is carried out using both the lecture-discussion method and experiential learning activities in the form of case studies, simulation, exercises, and a field study project. (The course syllabus, 35 references, and copies of two cartoons dealing with American Indian issues, are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Cleveland, OH, April 9-12, 1992). Best available copy. Some words may not be entirely legible because of broken type.