I do not think that we should make, “English only” laws. That is like directly saying, “sorry if you don’t speak English, you cannot be here.” It is discrimination. Even though language barriers can be somewhat troublesome in some situations I think it is valuable to practice and experience communicating with others who come from other places and who speak different languages. I think learning different languages can help you better understand different cultures. In addition to that, learning another language will improve your critical thinking skills. Science has proven that people who speak more than one language are better thinkers because they have the opportunity to think and compare certain words in both of their languages. If we make English only laws, it will take away our chances to expand our knowledge. However, I think learning the English language will benefit you immensely considering it is one of the most common languages spoken.
For my service learning project, I will be teaming up with Ella and a few others to do a project with, “Because he First Loved Us.” We will be taking pictures of the children, getting them developed and decorating picture frames. I think this will be beneficial because it will help the kids realize that it is okay to admire yourself and love yourself. The project will be very positive and good for their self-esteem.
Chapter 3: The main takeaway from this chapter was the section on the four types of intercultural competence, created by, Howell in 1982. To begin with, unconscious competence- which is, the lowest level of competence. In this level, people are unaware that their behavior is inappropriate. The next level is conscious incompetence- meaning that someone is aware that they are incompetent in the situation but do not know how to fix it. The third level is conscious competence- when someone appears to be competent but has to think through everything they are doing in order to look/act appropriately. Lastly, unconscious competence- is when a person feels confident in their actions and feels natural in their environment. This last stage is argued against the third stage because some people believe that it is valuable to think through your actions rather than just communicating effortlessly.
Chapter 4: Cognitive concept and what it means to, “being-in-the-world” is how you feel about certain things such as senses, power, emotions, beliefs and thoughts about other people. The whole idea behind it is that culture is understood as a mental or cognitive concept. As individuals, we are put into certain levels of power according to our employer, social status, finances etc. When someone of a higher or lower power comes into contact with us, we become very aware of where we think we belong compared to them. For example, in school, we see the teacher as someone with higher power and ourselves with less power- which is the reason why the teacher stands and the students sit.
Babakieuria: In this film, the roles of Aboriginal Australians were swapped with White Australians. It gives a great insight to what injustices the black Australians had to deal with. I found it interesting how attitudes of the blacks vs the whites were. It was extremely eye opening to me because I got to see the truth behind all the racism. I think what was most interesting to me was how passive the white family was about everything. They always responded every question with, “its good” or “were happy,” when you could clearly tell that they were the opposite-especially when their daughter was taken away.
Hello everyone! My name is Sidney Smith. I am a Speech Communications major with a minor in Community Health. I am a senior this year and looking forward to graduating in the spring! I have an insane schedule most the time between attending full time school, working and having fun with my fiancé, Justin. I wish I had more time to spend traveling, being outdoors and being with my family who all live on the East Coast. I am very excited for this class because it will allow me to get out of my comfort zone and hopefully help some people out, which is something I am also very passionate about.
Something in chapter one that I enjoyed reading was, “the reasons to study intercultural communication.” In my life, I have had many experiences where I have had to adjust to another culture or vice versa, where one of my close friends/relatives has had to adjust to my culture. When you think about a different culture, a lot of people think of really diverse places, such as the Middle East, or Mexico etc. When I think of a different culture that could mean the town that’s right next to me. I think it is important to be aware of the diversity around you. A different culture may not always be worlds away; it could be your next door neighbor. There is value in learning more about other cultures and how they live their lives.
The section, “Masculinity and Femininity” really stuck out to me. Gender roles is always something that has been an interest of mine. In our culture, it is pretty clear that we prefer men to be the “warriors” and women to be the “nurturers.” I have never agreed with this stereotype. In my home, I hope to teach my future children that a man can be sensitive and a woman can be powerful and strong. I have a very feministic approach to life and to certain situations. I think there is a lot of power in breaking down those stereotypes and encouraging both sexes to play whatever role they feel most comfortable in. Studying gender roles within different cultures can be a great tool for us as we interact with people who live differently than us.
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