Learning Resources

Hello participants. We hope you find these resources helpful. The field of Intercultural Communication is relatively new. We chose to introduce you to the scholars most recognized in the field. As R. Michael Paige and Judith N. Martin note regarding the ethics in intercultural training 

       "...if the various areas that comprise intercultural communication and relations are to maintain their legitimacy, we as professionals must constantly seek to improve the quality of our theoretical research, and applied activities through attention to professional development and professional ethics." (p 40)

In respecting these ideas, we feel it contraindicated to keep the synchronous session and full power point on the site. 

It also occurs that you might want to seek out training and or try low risk activities. Feel free to reach out to an experienced trainer. 


Inspirational Quotes

  • "The essence of cross-cultural communication has more to do with releasing responses than sending messages" (p. 54). Edward T. Hall, in The Hidden Power of Differences.
  • "The classroom is also a good place to test whether one common nonverbal behaviour, the smile, is actually the universal people assume it to be" (p. 176). LaRay Barna, in Stumbling Blocks in Intercultural Communication. 
  • "In addition to denying difference, the Golden Rule is also a poor guide for effective communication" (p. 192). Milton Bennett in Overcoming the Golden Rule: Sympathy and Empathy.  

  • "Intercultural training is an inherently transformative form of education for learners and trainers alike" (p. 35). Michael Paige & Judith Martin in Ethical Issues and Cross-Cultural Training. We recommend you take a look at this chapter when you have time. Ethics are a crucial component of successful intercultural learning.  

References: The first 3 quotes are cited in Milton J. Bennett, (Ed.), (1998). Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Selected Readings.  Intercultural Press, Yarmouth, Maine, and the last one is from Paige &  Martin's chapter on ethical issues in cross-cultural training in Landis, Dan & Bhagat, Rabi, S. (Eds.), (1996). Handbook of Intercultural Training, (2nd ed.). SAGE Publications.

Additional Resources if you'd like to learn more!  
Experiential Learning Resources
  • Bates, Tony, (n.d.). Ch.3.6 Experiential Learning: learning by doing (2) in Teaching in a Digital Age. This e-book chapter presents a 21st century definition of experiential learning and a variety of practical ideas on ways to embed learning in real world contexts. Available from BCcampus Open Textbooks.
Intercultural Learning Resources
  • Boroditsky, Lera, (2017). How language shapes the way we think. (TEDWomen 2017 Video 14:04). This talk offers is about how language shapes our experiences, the way we think, and the way we express ourselves to others.

  • CAST, (n.d.). Universal Design for Learning on Campus. (Website). Rich set of resources on using multiple means of representation, engagement, and expression to support diverse learners in face-to-face and/or online classrooms.

  • SFU Cooperative Education, (Sept 6, 2019). Iceberg. (YouTube Video 2:44). 

Resources for Course Activities

  • atemzug8, (Oct 9, 2011). Japanese Binocular Soccer. (YouTube Video 2:18). 
  • Storti, Craig, (1998). Figuring Foreigners Out: A practical guide. Intercultural Press, (p. 91). Source for the style switching activity.

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