Module 2: Intercultural communication, local culture and customs

Objectives

Surely you are noticing now and again that people behave differently in particular situations, you may have been irritated by some of their expressions or wondered why they do the things they do… The topics and lessons of this module will shed some light on the particularities of living in the project partners’ countries: Germany, Italy, Latvia, Luxemburg and Turkey. You will learn about national holidays, traditions and customs, get acquainted to some of the parameters of “intercultural communication” and see how they define in the different cultures.

Contents

The following topics have been chosen to help you understand cultural communication and learn more about culture in the partners’ countries:

1. Introduction to intercultural communication: what is “culture” and how can we best communicate between different cultures? [1 lesson]
2.  Cultural parameter “family & society”: the different roles people take [1 lesson]
3. Cultural parameter “communication”: how we express our ideas and feelings – politeness, body language, humour, etc. [2 lessons]
4. Cultural parameter “rules and values”: how we behave [1 lesson]
5. Cultural parameter “time and timeliness”: working times and understanding of timeliness [1 lesson]
6. Cultural parameter “distance and privacy”: the personal space we need [1 lesson]
7. Cultural parameter “cuisine and eating habits”: how we eat the things we eat [1 lesson]
8. Cultural parameter “clothing”: the dresscodes for different situations [1 lesson]
9. Business conduct: cultural parameters applied to work life [2 lessons]
10. Local culture (in Germany, Italy, Latvia, Luxemburg, Turkey): national holidays, traditions and customs [4 lessons]

Methodology

How you can learn more about these topics:

Face-to-face:

  • by self-study (respective books and online resources e.g. animated video on cross-cultural communication

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercultural_competence#Cultural_Differences)
  • attending lessons by teachers of intercultural communication and local culture
  • engaging in discussions and exercises with others (how individuals interpret the cultural parameters)
  • visiting relevant places of national culture (official buildings, memorials etc.)
  • taking part in group events (cooking and dining international meals, celebrating national holidays etc)

E-environment:

  • by self-study

 

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