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This book of structured activities for use in teaching about culture, ethnicity and diversity comprises easy-to-use classroom and training exercises that are both engaging to participants and effective as learning tools. The contributors offer tools to those teachers and trainers who strive to increase understanding of and communication between ethnic and racial groups. The book is arranged so that users may easily draw upon the activities to involve students and bring abstract concepts into the realm of the students' own experiences.
Chapter 13: Conversational Constraints as a Tool for Understanding Communication Styles
Conversational Constraints as a Tool for Understanding Communication Styles
In our modern, socially diversified and specialized urban societies, in-tensive communication with speakers of differing backgrounds and assumptions is the rule rather than the exception. Conversing and communicating competently across cultures is becoming a major concern for many people. The growth in foreign travel for business, study, and pleasure; the migration of people seeking work in other countries; and the expansion of international trade have all naturally led to an increase in contacts across national and ethnic borders, together with severe communication problems and conflict situations. These problems and conflicts are partially due to divergent, culture-specific styles of communication. In the past 20 years, there has been a ...