Cross cultural communication


We must be savvy to work across cultures. This short 2-minute video by Dr. Deborah Swallow, a leading authority on intercultural communication, reinforces the importance to develop specific intercultural competencies such as self-awareness, verbal communication, worldview frameworks, and cultural dimensions.

Following viewing the video, please reflect on these four questions:

How do you feel after viewing the video?

What did you learn from what Dr. Swallow presented?

How does what Dr. Swallow presented relate to the real world?

What is the single most important reason for you to navigate different cultures?

Watch this video of Pellegrino Riccardi talking about cross cultural communication and reflect on these four questions…

How do you feel after watching the video?

What did you learn from what Mr. Riccardi shared about perceiving that your own assumptions may not be the same as others who are culturally different from you?

How does this understanding relate to the real world?

What is the single most important reason for you to develop intercultural competence?

What is the importance of non-verbal communication?

Poet Ali provides insight into the importance of clear communication to bridge cultural differences and diversity in the first 8 minutes of his TedX talk. Reflect on how many languages you speak and identify one example of misperceived non-verbal communication that you experience when communicating with a person speaking a different language and from a different culture.

Following viewing the video, please reflect on these questions:

How do you feel after viewing the first 8 minutes of the video?

What did you learn from the first 8 minutes of Poet Ali’s talk? How many languages do you speak and what are they? Think about your example of misperceived non-verbal communication.

How does what Poet Ali described as ‘differences in forms of communication’ relate to the real world using your non-verbal example?

What is the importance of verbal communication?

Poet Ali provides insight into the importance of clear communication to bridge cultural differences and diversity in the last 8 minutes of his TedX talk. Identify one example of misperceived verbal communication that you experience when communicating with a person speaking a different language and from a different culture.

Following viewing the last 8 minutes of the video, please reflect on these four questions:

How do you feel after viewing the last 8 minutes of the video?

What did you learn from the last half of Poet Ali’s talk? Think about your example of incorrectly perceived verbal communication.

How does what Poet Ali described as ‘differences in forms of communication’ relate to the real world using your verbal communication example?

What is the single most important reason for you to develop intercultural competency in communication?

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