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…show more content…
Therefore, it is important that you: 1) construct your interview questions carefully, 2) ask your interviewees to expand on their answers (perhaps come up with some follow-up questions), and 3) use paraphrasing and active, mindful listening to make sure you understand the perspective of your interviewee. Keep in mind that the quality of your paper directly depends on the quality of your interviews. Plan and prepare for your interviews carefully. You should seriously consider doing one or more follow-up interviews to clear up any points about which you are unclear after having thought about them post-interview. PAPER ORGANIZATION: Structure your paper as follows, with each of the separate sections labeled in bold type: INTRODUCTION Use this section to provide your reader with brief information on the three concepts you selected (no need to explain the concepts in their entirety), why you selected these particular concepts, background information about the culture with which you identify, information about your interviewees and the culture with which they identify and anything that serves as introduction. This section should be detailed and brief – about ½ to ¾ of a full page. CONCEPT #1: (NAME OF CONCEPT) In this section, briefly describe the first concept you chose to analyze. Then, list the first culture you chose to explore and explain, in detail, how the concept is used by members of that culture (incorporate information you gained
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