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So What?
Education:
International education is increasing: virtually all post-secondary institutions have ESL programs
Brock University is home to over 1,000 international students coming from 80 countries.
Teacher as authority hierarchical cultures
Teacher as guide egalitarian cultures
Expectations of educational outcome:
Family/group focused
Self focused
Educational success is culturally determined:
Logical patterns, effective evidence and adequate authority
Intuitive vs. empirical knowledge (inductive vs deductive logic)
Business context:
Nature and pace of negotiations
Meetings, punctuality and exclusivity
Value of contracts
Refusal
Power structures and agreement
What lets us know that we are successful intercultural communicators?
Intercultural interaction can be:
Individual
Group
Muted group theory: individuals who do not belong to the dominant group are… silenced by a lack of
opportunities to express their experiences, perceptions and worldviews.
In other words, their point of view lacks legitimacy in the eyes of the dominant culture and is therefore
ignored.
Yehuda Amir’s contact hypothesis:
Intercultural success can be predicted by:
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