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Intercultural Communication

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Lesson Plans
  1. Invisible Man (PBS - Andersson)
      Provides a lesson on the book, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, to better understand the personal feeling of invisibility. For grades 11-12. 2-02

  1. Cultural Diversity and Early Education (National Academy of Sciences - Phillips and Crowell)
      Provides a discussion of "research literature that bears on the early education of culturally and linguistically diverse populations of children." 2-00

  2. Diversity Inclusion Resources (Diversity Training University International)
      Provides over a dozen resources. 4-00

  3. Intercultural Communication Experiences (AFS)
      Provides intercultural experiences for young adults through travel exchanges.

  4. Multicultural Training (Awesome Library)
      Provides training resources for teachers.

  1. -07-19-07 Chinese May See Other Views Better Than Americans (MSNBC News)
      "Rugged American individualism could hinder our ability to understand other peoples' point of view, a new study suggests."

      "And in contrast, the researchers found that Chinese are more skilled at understanding other people's perspectives, possibly because they live in a more 'collectivist' society." 07-07

  1. Dying Cultures (National Geographic Society)
      Provides studies of three cultures on the edge of extinction, the the Ariaal of Kenya, the Chipaya of Bolivia, and the Penan of Malaysia. 7-99

  2. Education Outside the United States (National Library of Education)
      Provides sources of information on educational opportunities outside the United States. 9-99

  3. How to Use Comparisons of Cultural Patterns (Elliot, Adams, and Sockalingam)
      Provides suggestions how to work with patterns and differences among ethnic groups while not using stereotypes. 5-01

  4. Intercultural Development (
      Providesresources to improve intercultural sensitivity.

  5. Myths - Ten Myths that Prevent Collaboration Across Cultures (Elliot, Adams, and Sockalingam)
      Provides false impressions that form a barrier to trust and respect across ethnic or cultural groups. 5-01

  6. Patterns - Communication Patterns and Assumptions (Elliot, Adams, and Sockalingam)
      Clarifies differences among ethnic groups in the United States in expectations, styles, assumptions, values, body language, and privilege. Suggests how to work with patterns and differences among ethnic groups while not using stereotypes. 5-01

  7. Stages of Intercultural Sensitivity (Elliot, Adams, and Sockalingam)
      Summarizes the research of Milton Bennett on stages of intercultural sensitivity. Understanding our own stage of sensitivity may help us move to the next stage. 5-01

  8. Summary of Normative Communication Styles and Values (Elliot, Adams, and Sockalingam)
      Summarizes normative communication styles and values in the the United States. Displays the patterns in charts. 5-01

  9. Toolkit for Cross-Cultural Communication (Elliot, Adams, and Sockalingam)
      Provides results from research and focus groups to improve communication across cultures. Found very large differences in "expectations, styles, assumptions, values, body language, and privilege" between Anglo or European Americans and other ethnic groups. Suggests ways to improve communication and collaboration at an individual level and for organizations. 5-01

  10. What to Wear in Different Countries (
      "So here are the rules on looking not just appropriate but actually stylish around the globe, whether you're in a meeting, at a party, or just walking outdoors." 11-10

  1. Chinese and Americans See Differently, Literally (Scientific American)
      "A study of Chinese and American students has found that the two groups looked at scenes in photographs in distinct ways. The findings indicate that previously observed cultural differences in judgment and memory between East Asians and North Americans derive from differences in what they actually see." 9-05


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