ERIC Number: ED419254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-5
Reference Count: N/A
Intercultural Communication Activities in the Classroom: Turning Stumbling Blocks into Building Blocks.
Dillon, Randy K.
This paper explores behavior patterns that inhibit effective communication in everyday, educational, and business cross-cultural settings. Opportunities to change these inhibiting patterns, metaphorically referred to as "stumbling blocks," into building blocks or tools for successful intercultural understandings are discussed in the paper through three structured intercultural simulation activities. The paper names six of these stumbling blocks as the assumption of similarities, language differences, non-verbal misinterpretations, preconceptions and stereotypes, tendencies to evaluate, and high anxiety. The paper suggests three activities: (1) the diversity board activity which encourages and challenges students to explore roles of others that they will encounter in a multicultural society; (2) the intercultural dart game, similar to the game "Trivial Pursuit," which concentrates on knowledge of intercultural information; and (3) "BARNGA" which is a card tournament where students play quick games of suits without engaging in any verbal communication. (Contains five references; a sample "diversity board" is appended.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Strategies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 2-5, 1998).