This page was created for advanced ESL Students enrolled into Cross-Cultural Communication course.
This Activity was designed in order to familiarize learners with essential cultural blocks, such as: Individualism and Collectivism, Monochronic and Polychronic Time, Direct and Indirect Verbal Styles, High and Low Power Distance, and High and Low Context Cultures.
All students will be divided into five equal groups - "Expert Groups". Once assigned a group, join your group and work together on a specific topic assigned to your group. Once each group finishes working on their specific topics, the groups will be reorganized into new groups. There will be only ONE Expert on a particular topic in each group. Each expert will teach the rest of the group his/her topic. By the end of the activity, all groups and group members will be competent in all topics.
Find your Expert Group and discuss the following:
- Provide a brief characteristic of the concept. What key words can you use to describe it to someone not familiar with this topic?
- In what way does it affect culture?
- Provide two examples of your particular cultural concept in a "real life"
- Provide two reasons why it is important to know about these concepts?
|Group Name||Cultural Concept||Websites and Resources|
|Group A||Individualism vs. Collectivism|
|Group B||Monochronic vs. Polychronic Time|
|Group C||Direct vs. Indirect Verbal Style|
High vs. Low Power Distance
High vs. Low Context
Department of Educational Technology
Boise state University