ERIC Number: ED102834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
On Cross-Cultural Orientation Techniques.
Trifonovitch, Gregory J.
Topics in Culture Learning, v1 Aug 1973
This paper describes cross-cultural orientation techniques used over an eight-year period with Americans preparing to work in Micronesia. The main idea was to teach language and cultural differences on an affective level before learning on the cognitive level took place. The language orientation component of the program had as objectives: a psychological awareness of the fact that English in Micronesia is a foreign language; an awareness of the difficulties in learning a foreign language; and an introduction to modern language teaching techniques. The cultural orientation objectives included an awareness on the part of the Americans of: their own culture; the hardship involved in island living; and the differences in attitudes toward such things as time and nature. A final summary includes the notion that successful adaptation to a foreign culture depends on the individual's personality and temperament, particularly his or her curiosity, flexibility, and patience. (AM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. East-West Center.