Cross Cultural Communication And The Classroom

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Cross-Cultural Communication
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself” [Shaw]. Internalize this quote begs the question, can education make a difference? This paper will examine in detail cross-cultural communication, a cultural issue that educators must seek to address in the delivery of teaching to English Language Learners (ELL) classroom. Moreover, the ensuing paper will analyze the problems of cross-cultural communication in the classroom of ELL; this will be followed by its relation to the theories and application of those methods. On the other hand, the writer will outline the effects of cross-cultural communication, and how these effects can be changed into a social value through education.
Examination of Cross-Cultural Communication in the Classroom
Instruction and assessment are delivered through the medium of communication, while resolution of behavioral problems involve communication. Significantly, in a classroom with ELL/LEP learners, the job of the teacher is not only to teach but to be a mediator between the different cultures represented in the class. What teachers must realize is that an environment that is filled with cultural tension does not lend itself to learning. Therefore, administrators/educators must recognize cross-cultural communication as essential in the learning environment. Collier and Powell (1990), posits “ethnic background influences the way students define the…
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