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ERIC Number: ED450017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 16
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Designing Your Intercultural Communication Course.
Straub, Hans
This paper presents suggestions for a 60-hour course in intercultural communication that develops cognition skills needed to understand life in foreign countries. The initial part of the course is intended to heighten the participant's awareness of his or her own "home-culture"; the latter part concentrates on assumptions, values, and behaviors of the "target-culture." Although the course described herein is designed for culturally homogeneous classes in the Middle East, it can serve as a model for multicultural groups anywhere. The paper is divided into the following sections: "Considering Parameters"; "Part One: Topics and Sequencing"; "Defining Culture"; "Human Needs"; "Cultural Expectations and Behaviors"; "Identity Symbols"; "Rituals"; "Methodology: The Students Teach the Teacher"; "Part Two: Understanding Target-Culture Behavior"; "Nonverbal Communication"; "Basic Reality-Assumptions"; "Home-Culture Values--Proverbs"; "Cultural Heroes"; "Cognition as Culturally Determined"; "Stereotyping--Roadblocks to Understanding"; "Culture Shock and Adjustment"; "Critical Incidents"; and "Pedagogical Approach." (BB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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