Intercultural Interview

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INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION – SPRING 2007
PROFESSOR CIRAULO

INTERCULTURAL INTERVIEW PAPER

ASSIGNMENT: Achieving competence as an interpersonal communicator in a diverse society is necessary to your personal and professional success. One way to enhance our understanding of interpersonal communication as a relationship-building activity is to engage in first hand dialogue with people from cultures other than your own. This assignment gives you the opportunity to engage in the dual perspective – honoring the perspective of the person with whom you are communicating as well as honoring your own perspective. You are also able to contrast your worldview with the perspective of someone with a different life experience than your own. This assignment will give you the opportunity to learn about culture and interpersonal communication by engaging in dialogue with people from cultures other than your own, most likely with different life experiences than yours.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this assignment is to explore and understand the ways in which culture influences the ways in which we communicate, form relationships with others and view the world in which we live. This assignment is designed to help you improve your competency in intercultural interpersonal communication.

FORMAT AND GRADING: The format and requirements for written assignments as described in the syllabus will apply (see "Grading Criteria"). Your paper must be six full pages. It must have a cover page which must include: a title, your name, the course name, my name, Copper Mountain College and the semester and year in which you wrote the paper. Any research you use in your paper will be cited according to A.P.A. standards and will have a "works cited" section on the final page. You will want to begin work on this project early in the semester. This paper is due by 5 p.m. on May 7th. Submit your paper via email with "YOUR NAME - Speech 1 - Intercultural Interview Paper" in the subject field. No late papers will be accepted for this assignment.

EVALUATION CRITERIA: In addition to the grading criteria for written assignments as described in the course syllabus, papers will be evaluated on three specific criteria. First, papers must demonstrate an understanding of the interpersonal communication concepts and principles we have discussed in class. Integrate, incorporate and apply as many IPC concepts as you see fit. Second, papers must analyze how those IPC concepts apply across the three cultures you select (yours, and the culture of your interviewees that are different than your own). Third, papers must demonstrate an effective and creative writing style, thoughtful reflection and insightful analysis.

PROCESS: Interview two people who belong to cultural groups different than your own. Note: think of "cultural" groups in the broadest sense of the term. For example, do not be limited by race or ethnicity – consider interviewing people who are different in terns of sexual orientation, physical ability or life experiences other than your own. Use some of the communities or cultures we've discussed – if you need help on how to find these folks, ask me.

You must conduct your interviews in person – not via the internet, email, telephone or any other technology-mediated communication – so that you can engage in full dialogue using mindful listening and honoring the dual perspective with the person you interview.

While it is easiest to interview friends or family, that is less interesting than finding two interviewees from cultures or communities other than your own whom you do not already know. Remember - when we engage in dialogue with people with whom we would not normally communicate, we are able to contrast our worldview with the worldview of others, we learn more about the world around us, and we learn more about ourselves. The more you demonstrate a willingness to step outside of your ‘comfort zone' in this...
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