CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION-COURSE CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION TO CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

1.1. What is culture?

1.2. What are components of culture?

1.3. What is the link between language and culture?

1.4. What is cross-cultural communication?

1.5. What are stereotype, generalization, and ethnocentrism?

1.6. What are principles of cross-cultural communication?

 

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR OWN CULTURE

2.1. Vietnamese communication styles and the Vietnamese language

2.1.1. Vietnamese communication styles

2.1.2. The Vietnamese language in communication

2.2. Vietnamese Family and Relationships

2.2.1. Basic Relationships

2.2.2. Roles of Family

2.2.3. Basic Functions

2.2.4. Modern Vietnamese Family

 

GETTING TO KNOW OTHER CULTURES

3.1. American values and attitudes

3.1.1 American Values

  • Individualism
  • Practicality
  • Self – Reliance
  • Equality of Opportunities
  • Competition
  • Material wealth
  • Hard work

3.1.2. American Attitudes toward

  • Directness and Informality
  • Friendliness
  • Dating
  • Time and Promptness
  • Personal hygiene
  • Public behavior
  • Religion

3.2. British culture and customs

  • Politeness: queuing, Ps and Qs
  • Gender equality
  • Personal hygiene
  • Meal times
  • Table manners
  • Public transport
  • Social behavior

3.3. Australian culture

  • Variety and lenience
  • Equality
  • Love for life
  • Artistic and cultural prospect
  • Business culture

 

VERBAL COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNICATION STYLES

4.1. Characteristics of verbal language that can cause cross-cultural misunderstanding

  • Language is ambiguous
  • Language is arbitrary
  • Language is diversified
  • Language is socially and culturally conditioned

4.2. Communication styles

  • Direct vs. Indirect
  • Linear vs. Circular
  • Attached vs. Detached
  • Concrete vs. Abstract
  • Bowling vs. Ping pong

4.3. Cross-cultural Implications in language teaching

  • Teaching vocabulary
  • Teaching grammar & structure
  • Teaching pronunciation
  • Teaching language skills
  • Teaching translation

 

NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION

5.1. Definition

5.2. Forms of non-verbal behavior

  • Gestures and Body Positioning
  • Facial Expressiveness
  • Eye Contact
  • Dress and make-up
  • Touch
  • Conversational Distance
  • Others

5.3. Characteristics of non-verbal behavior that can cause cross-cultural misunderstanding

  • Non-verbal behavior is less systemized than verbal language
  • Non-verbal behavior is culture-bound
  • Non-verbal behavior is ambiguous

5.4. Cultural differences in Non-Verbal Communication

  • Low-context vs. High-context

 

VALUES GOVERNING CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND CULTURE SHOCK

6.1. Values governing cultural differences

  • Individualism – Collectivism
  • Power Distance
  • Uncertainty Avoidance
  • Femininity – Masculinity
  • Confucian Dynamism Dimension
  • Time Concept

6.2. Culture Differences- Culture Shock

  • Causes of culture shock
  • Symptoms of culture shock
  • Stages of culture shock
  • How to manage culture shock

6.3. Reverse Culture Shock

  • Causes of reverse culture shock
  • How to manage reverse culture shock

 

CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING

7.1. Cultural Adaptation and Awareness

  • Becoming Intercultural
  • Effective cross-cultural communication
  • Cross-cultural learning and its effects
  • Stages of cultural adjustments
  • Helpful strategies for adapting to your host country

7.2. Strategies for Developing Cultural Awareness

7.3. Techniques for Developing Cultural Awareness

7.4. Language Learning in Intercultural Perspective

TEACHING CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN AN ENGLISH CLASS

  • Designing a lesson from cross-cultural perspectives
  • Practicing teaching
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