ERIC Number: ED396353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
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"What Exactly Do You Mean by 'Culture'?" Using Films in the Intercultural Communication Classroom.
Varey, Kim Y.
Anyone who teaches or has taken a course in intercultural communication inevitably faces the task of defining culture. The purpose of this paper is to provide examples and suggestions for using film segments to help students understand some of the conceptual components of culture using different perspectives than those to which they may be accustomed. Many students almost automatically equate intercultural communication with interactions between people from different countries. While much research does focus on cultures from various countries, students should also be aware of co-cultures and counter cultures that exist within their own country. Film segments featuring persons with disabilities, inner city runaways, gangs, the gay and lesbian community, and the elderly, for example, can help cast a different perspective for students on what constitutes "culture." Using film, supported by literature discussing various co-cultures, can be very fruitful for introductory or conclusionary discussions of culture as well as throughout the course when discussing elements such as nonverbal communication, stereotypes, and cultural adaptation. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Context; Cultural Studies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (46th, Chicago, IL, May 23-27, 1996).