Culture & communication


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The Culture and Communication course introduces you to the basic aspects of human communication by exploring topics related to the influence of culture on communication. From a variety of activities, including short lectures, communication tasks, pair work, group discussions, video recordings, transcriptions, and analyses, you will explore culture and communication and related skills in 4 general sections: 1) vocal, 2) nonvocal, 3) material, and 4) multimodal. It will require about 2 hours per week to complete assignments. 

In Culture and Communication, you collaborate in a variety of activities to understand and apply the concepts and skills presented in each section to each of the four aspects of communication. Subsequently, you will work in pairs or small groups to actively apply what you learned in experiential projects. These projects include brainstorming, practice, video recording, transcription, analysis in project follow-ups, and sharing in pairs or small groups. 



    1. 1.CulCom file

    2. 2.Flash memory (8GB+)

    3. 3.Computer access (computer room schedules)

    4. 4.Moodle

    5. 5.Print materials will be provided by the instructor. 


  1. 1. Understand the relationship between culture and communication;   2. Develop basic communication skills; 3. Increase English ability; 4. Improve basic study, analysis, and presentation skills;

  2. 5. Learn to learn from others

GRADING & ASSIGNMENTS: A+ (90~100), A (80~89), B (70~79), C (60~69), D (~59), F (1/3+ absences)

    1. 1. Preparation & effort: 20 points,  2. Experiential project practice and recordings (4 x 10): 20 points

    2. 3. Experiential project transcription and analyses (4 x 10): 30 points

Week & Assignments:

  1. 1.                     Intros, Syllabus, Modes of communication and cultural influences, ONE: Vocal aspect project intro 

  2. 2.                     Looking at words: Vocal aspect brainstorming, practice conversations, transcription practice 

  3. 3.                     Vocal aspect videoing (Video 1), Vocal aspect follow-up intro  

  4. 4.                     Intro to transcription and analysis, Vocal aspect follow-up (follow-up 1)

  5. 5.                     Intro to sharing analyses, Vocal aspect sharing (sharing 1), TWO: Nonvocal aspect project intro  

  6. 6.                     Variations in body movements: Nonvocal brainstorming, practice, videoing (Video 2)  

  7. 7.                     Body movements and analyses, Nonvocal aspect follow-up (follow-up 2)  

  8. 8.                     Nonvocal aspect sharing (sharing 2), THREE: Material aspect project intro  

  9. 9.                     How we use things: Material brainstorming, practice, videoing (Video 3)  

  10. 10.                     Materials and analyses, Material aspect follow-up (follow-up 3)  

  11. 11.                     Material aspect sharing (sharing 3), FOUR: Multimodal aspect project intro  

  12. 12.                     Pulling it all together: Multimodal communication brainstorming, practice, videoing (Video 4)  

  13. 13.                     Multimodal communication follow-up (follow-up 4)  

  14. 14.                     Multimodal communication sharing (sharing 4)   

  15. 15.                     Multimodal communication final sharing video evaluation, Final self-evaluation