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Lecture 1. Overview of Intercultural Communication. What is Communication?. Meaningful messages between people Verbal or Non-verbal Conscious or Unconscious Depends on knowledge and past experience Easy in own culture Challenging outside our own culture. What is Culture?.

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lecture 1

Lecture 1

Overview of

Intercultural Communication

what is communication
What is Communication?
  • Meaningful messages between people
    • Verbal or Non-verbal
    • Conscious or Unconscious
  • Depends on knowledge and past experience
    • Easy in own culture
    • Challenging outside our own culture.
what is culture
What is Culture?
  • Culture is…
    • in your head in your talk
    • in your behavior deeply felt
  • Culture is a system of resources for

understanding the world around you

  • Culture is the “tools” that our families

and societies instill in us to get through life

time capsule
Time Capsule

Imagine you are going to prepare a time

capsule that will not be opened for 100

years. You want to show people in the

next century what your culture is like.

What things would you put in it?

culture is like an iceberg
Culture is like an Iceberg
  • Part of an iceberg is above the water

and part is below the water.

    • Surface culture: visible
    • Deep culture: invisible
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Artifacts

Values and Beliefs

Underlying Assumptions

communicating interculturally
Communicating Interculturally
  • Greater deep differences = more chance for misunderstandings
  • Increased contact needs more efficient and effective communication
  • Shrinking world = greater importance
    • Opportunities to live, work, study, travel abroad
    • People from other cultures living in our communities
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