Essay on Intercultural Interview

1426 Words May 14th, 2007 6 Pages


ASSIGNMENT: Achieving competence as an interpersonal communicator in a diverse society is necessary to your personal and professional success. One way to enhance our understanding of interpersonal communication as a relationship-building activity is to engage in first hand dialogue with people from cultures other than your own. This assignment gives you the opportunity to engage in the dual perspective – honoring the perspective of the person with whom you are communicating as well as honoring your own perspective. You are also able to contrast your worldview with the perspective of someone with a different life experience than your
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Your task in the interviews is to engage in first hand dialogue with your interviewees about how communication functions within their cultures – and how that is both different and similar to the way in which your culture communicates. You will use the results of your interviews to analyze how your own cultures communication practices compare with those of the cultures of your interviewees

Consider some of these IPC concepts that you might ask about in your interviews, but do not be limited by them:

- the creation and understanding of self - language and verbal communication - nonverbal communication - gender roles and gender speech communities - communication with families and friends - communication with people within the culture (intracultural communication) - communication with people from outside of the culture (intercultural communication) - how emotions are communicated - how conflicts are managed through communication - how friendships are created and recreated through communication - how romantic relationships are created and recreated through communication

Any IPC concept that we have discussed in class or is discussed in the text is eligible for discussion. You will not be able to include all these topics in your paper. You must examine three distinct concepts. While you will include three concepts in your paper, you will need to ask questions on more areas than just three to get a complete picture of

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