Understanding foreign cultures is a complex and difficult task. I want to introduce cultural differences through group exercises and pair work activities. As a Japanese-American, I will focus primarily on differences between Japanese and Americans.
The primary focus will be on comparing Japanese and American communication styles and examining contemporary topics combined with cross cultural topics such as culture shock, facial expressions, cultural stereotypes, cross cultural relationships, cultural sensitivity and methods for teaching cross culture communication.
A textbook is not required. All materials and handouts will be provided during class.
All topics come from various cross cultural books. articles and selected videos.
Selected students should comprehend at least 80% of the instructor.
There will be weekly take home assignments that are either written or require some artwork. Final grade will be based on attendance, overall performance in class, take home assignments and final project.
１．Week One Self-introduction(Cold Water) and My goals for the future (Icebreaker) ２．Week Two What is Culture? What is Communication? ３．Week Three Introduction to Intercultural Classroom ４．Week Four Welcome to Culture Shock! ５．Week Five Introduction to Intercultural Sensitivity Model ６．Week Six Introduction to D.I.E. and B.M.W. ７．Week Seven Introduction to Communication Styles ８．Week Eight Teaching Methods for Intercultural Communication ９．Week Nine Quiz and/or Project Presentations 10．Week Ten Introduction to Cultural Stereotypes 11．Week Eleven Introduction to "Sayonara" and "Geisha" stereotype 12．Week Twelve Introduction to Intercultural relationships 13．Week Thirteen "Perry The Peacock," "The Chairy Tale" and other Classics 14．Week Fourteen Vocabulary Quiz and/or oral interviews 15．Week Fifteen Project Presentations-- Individual or group
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