What do you want to learn from this sessiontoday?How much or what type of interculturalexperience do you have?How do you plan to use the skills and knowledgefrom this session?What specific questions do you have or areas ofevaluation would you like to explore?
Successful intercultural interactions can be life changing. They can inspire, motivate, encourage, and excite us to explore cultural differences. Negative intercultural interactions cancreate frustration, anxiety, disappointment, and resistance to engaging cultural differences.
Differences exist, even though we don’talways know what they are, weexperience them.Making the effort to change and adaptour behavior creates different feelingsranging from excitement and creativityto frustration and exhaustion.
High Partner Attractiveness Integration AssimilationHigh Cultural Low CulturalPreservation Preservation Separation Marginalization Low Partner Attractiveness
Open-mindedSense of humorAbility to cope with failureCommunicativenessFlexibility and adaptabilityCuriosityPositive and realistic expectationsTolerance for difference and ambiguityPositive regard for othersA strong sense of selfCultural knowledge
A combination of our personal, cultural anduniversal experiences which inform ourvalues, beliefs and behaviors.People are different around the world. Their needs,however, are the same. How they satisfy their needsis different, and that is what we mean by CULTURE. John Condon
How did you feel about the process? What did you learn?What differences emerged in the group as you describedbehaviors that demonstrate certain values?Do any of these behaviors get in the way of valuingdiversity or of being inclusive?Which behaviors are necessary for learners to succeed inyour academic institution and/or the US workforce?How can we communicate the necessity for thisbehavioral expectation in way that is respectful of yourlearner’s differences?
Increasing cultural self-awareness is akey component to increasing onesability to be effective and appropriate inintercultural situations.“Culture hides much more than it reveals, andstrangely enough what it hides, it hides mosteffectively from its own participants. Years of studyhave convinced me that the real job is not tounderstand foreign culture but to understand ourown.” Edward Hall
“Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately inintercultural situations based on one’s interculturalknowledge, skills, and attitudes (Dr. Darla Deardorff, 2008)Attitudes:•Respect (valuing other cultures, cultural diversity)•Openness (to intercultural learning and to people from other cultures,withholding judgment)•Curiosity and discovery (tolerating ambiguity and uncertainty)Skills:•To listen, observe, and interpret•To analyze, evaluate, and relateKnowledge:•Cultural self-awareness•Deep understanding and knowledge of culture•Culture-specific information•Sociolinguistic awareness