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ERIC Number: ED361762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 13
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Experiential Approach to Intercultural Communication.
Oludaja, Bayo
As the need for intercultural communication courses gains more recognition and support in college and university curricula there are also growing concerns about effective methods for teaching the courses. The value of actual intercultural experiences as a strong component of an intercultural communication course should not be questioned. If, however, a college or university is located in a culturally homogeneous community, available campus resources can be used to enhance students' knowledge of other cultures. The objectives of an intercultural communication course are to: (1) understand how culture and communication interface in areas such as beliefs, values, attitudes, roles, language, tradition, and other aspects of human behavior; (2) become more aware of their own culture-bound assumptions; (3) appreciate more of their own culture while being open to further enrichment by other people's culture; and (4) understand the role of communication in the socialization process of some specific cultures. Experiential activities which can be used include: "conversational partners" in which one student meets and converses with two members of another culture; using international students as guest speakers; and having students from different campus organizations meet for an evening of celebrating diversity. These activities and the positive responses to the activities make the challenge of teaching intercultural communication both manageable and fun for all involved. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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