Discussion: Would You Act Like That in Front of Your Grandmother?: Context and Intercultural Communication
To prepare for your Discussion:
- Review cultural contexts in Chapter 11 of the course text.
- Consider the relationship between context and communication. How does your communication change based on where and to whom you are speaking? Why do you alter the way you communicate to fit the context in which you are speaking?
- Select two of the three following contexts to focus on for this Discussion: educational, personal, and professional.
- For each of the two contexts you selected above, ask yourself the following questions:
- What language do you use?
- How formal or informal is it?
- Do you speak loudly or more softly?
- Do you speak faster or more slowly?
- What kinds of nonverbal communication behaviors do you use? Do you look someone in the eye? Use hand gestures? Change your facial expressions?
- Reflect on how understanding context can help you overcome intercultural communication challenges. How can you apply this knowledge to future intercultural interactions that you may face?
- Select two different communication contexts. Consider the communication style choices individuals would have in these two contexts:
- Would they use a formal or informal style or register?
- What nonverbal behaviors would be effective?
- How would the communication be paced?
By Day 3
Post a 2- to 3-paragraph comparison of the communication styles in your selected contexts. Explain how context has an impact on style choices such as the use of formal or informal language, pacing, volume, and nonverbal behaviors.
Be sure to support you ideas by connecting them to at least one of this week’s Learning Resources. Additionally, you may opt to include an outside academic resource that you have identified.
By Day 5
Respond to the posts of at least two different colleagues in one of the following ways:
- Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
- Expand on your colleague’s posting by providing additional examples of communication styles used in specific contexts.
- Offer an alternative view of the communication style that fits the context.