Loading in 2 Seconds...
Loading in 2 Seconds...
Multicultural Competency: Verbal and Non Verbal Communication .
Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.
Verbal Communication Language & Culture: The Essential Partnership“If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a different world” (Wittgenstein).“Language is the roadmap of a culture. It tells you where its people came from and where they are going” (Brown). How would we communicate without words?(There are over 6,000 languages!)
What is language? Language is a set of shared symbols or signs that a cooperative groups of people has mutually agreed to use to create meaning.
Usually responsible for first impressions
Doesn’t lie (a clenched jaw shows you’re angry or stammering speech shows that you’re nervous)
Is culturally bound
Two General Classifications1. Those primarily produced by the body (appearance, movement, facial expression, eye contact, touch, smell, and paralanguage)
2. Those combined with setting (space, time and silence)
There is a story about the presidential debate of Nixon and Kennedy in 1960 where people listening via radio awarded the victory to Nixon while those watching the debate on television awarded the victory to Kennedy.This was explained by the fact that though President Nixon had very persuasive words during the debate, he was tense, sweating and seemed quite uncomfortable. On the other hand, President Kennedy was relaxed and able to convey a positive and convincing body language during the debate. Since that incident, researchers have demonstrated that a message is perceived in 3 different ways:
Body Language (kinesics) --
are the physical cues that are visible and send a message about 1) your attitude toward the other person, 2) your emotional state, 3) your relationship with the environment
includes body posture, body motion, gestures, facial expressions, eye contact.
Kinesics: Eye Contact
In American culture, we reveal whom we like and dislike just by the amount that we look at them. We generally look most at those whom we like . In general, people avoid looking at someone they don’t like.
As people increase their liking for one another, they increase the amount of mutual gazing that they do. (Mutual gaze is when two people are looking into each other's eyes). The most obvious example of this occurs along the continuum of relationships. Romantic relationships have the highest amount of mutual gaze.What about other cultures?
Sense of Touch: Haptics
Who can touch whom, where, when and howTouch is culturally determined – who can you touch?
Body artifacts (clothing, piercings, tattoos) and attractiveness
In what ways do you dress that reflect your cultural values?
Elements of setting that affect how we feel and act (color, temperature, lighting, room design)
How are your personal spaces designed to reflect your cultural values?
Space and Distance: Proxemics
Personal space (intimate, personal, social and public
Informal time (how late is “late”?)
Perceptions of past, present and future
Monochronic (fixed) and polychronic (holistic time) (Edward T. Hall)
Paralanguage: are the sounds that don’t have written form that modify meaning or convey emotion.
Includes: rate, sounds, murmurs, gasps, volume, pitch, inflection, laughing, high speed
Silence : East vs. West“What is real is, and when it is spoken it becomes unreal.” (Buddhism)
“The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” (American saying)
Elements of the environment that communicate by virtue of people’s use of them.
To be a competent intercultural communicator, one must be able to analyze the situation and select the correct mode of behavior.
Effective communicators are those who are 1) motivated 2) have a fund of knowledge to draw upon and 3) possess certain communication skills.
Learn to Manage Conflict -- Conflict usually happens because participants perceive incompatible goals or threats to their ego. When you add culture, it becomes even more complex. How we respond to conflict is culturally determined.
Learn About Cultural Adaptation -- acquire knowledge about the host culture and increase contact with the host culture
“The communicator cannot stop at knowing the people he is working with have different customs, goals, and thought patterns from his own. He must be able to feel his way into intimate contact with these alien values, attitudes and feelings. He must be able to work with them and within them, neither losing his own values in the confrontation nor protecting himself behind a wall of intellectual detachment” (Roger Harrison, 1966)