Unit 5 Discussion & Resources
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guanlin (guanlin)2017-08-23

Unit 5

Nonverbal Communication

Discussion

  1. What are some hand gestures commonly used in your own country? What do these gestures mean? Do they have the same meaning in other countries? (Watch #1 in the Resource section for more information.)
  2. If you know any person from another culture who wouldn't mind being interviewed by you, find out about whether he/she has experienced personal space differently in his/her own country and in Taiwan. If you do not, research how people have experienced this in a cross-cultural context . Report your findings to your classmates. (You may refer to #2 in the Resource section.) 
  3. Watch #3 in the Resource section to learn about how different cultures view time differently. Think of time-related phrases and proverbs from your own culture and explain them in English. How do you think people from other cultures may agree or disagree with these time-related concepts?
  4. Search on the Internet for some tips about non-verbal communication. Among the tips offered, which do you consider to be more useful? Why? (#4 in the Resource section may help.)

 

Resources

  1. American Hand Gestures in Different Cultures - 7 Ways to Get Yourself in Trouble Abroad
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWFPHW7BCCI
    This video clip shows how some common American hand gestures are interpreted differently in other cultures. Not knowing this information may cause trouble in cross-cultural communication.
  2. Cultural Proxemics: Personal Space
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OFAm-VHATw
    This video clip explains that people determine personal space culturally; therefore, acceptable distance varies widely from culture to culture. 
  3. How Different Cultures Tell Time - Sana Reynolds
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgzmKHDfSPM
    In this video, you will learn how people from different cultures view time differently.
  4. Top 10 Nonverbal Communication Tips
    https://www.verywell.com/top-nonverbal-communication-tips-2795400
    This article offers you tips on how to improve your non-verbal communication skills cross-culturally.