ERIC Number: EJ1026618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Teaching Intercultural Communication with "An Idiot Abroad"
Communication Teacher, v28 n1 p9-13 2014
A desired outcome of teaching intercultural communication is cultivating an understanding and awareness of different cultural values while attempting to increase intercultural communication competence within our students. Goals of teaching intercultural communication include assisting students in recognizing, accepting, and appreciating cultural differences (Klyukanov, 2005; Lusting & Koester, 2003; Samovar & Porter, 2004). Exposure to cultural value dimensions of power distance, high versus low context cultures, and collectivism versus individualism are important fundamentals for students to learn in order to be effective intercultural communicators. The activity described in this article strives to create an environment where students are able to identify and describe cultural values shared through communication, critique the communication patterns demonstrated in the activity, and transfer that knowledge to their own personal experiences through small group and class discussion. Given that students have greater opportunities to learn, study, and work with people from various cultures throughout their lifetime, this activity attempts to assist students in identifying a range of cultural values, recognizing the role ethnocentrism plays in intercultural communication, and assessing intercultural communication competence by watching a variety of clips from the "An Idiot Abroad" television series. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Television, Programming (Broadcast), Ethnocentrism, Cultural Traits, Values, Interpersonal Competence, Class Activities, Observational Learning, Homework, Discussion (Teaching Technique), College Instruction
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