Do you teach cross-cultural awareness or inter-cultural communication? Is there a difference? In my view there is. In cross-cultural communication you don't change yourself but you learn about the other guy's values and behaviour and adapt to their style. In inter-cultural communication it's a two way process. My interaction with you changes me and your interaction with me changes you. In the process we both become more interational, as we experience a change of mindset. What cultural study is all about is changing from a monocultural to a multicultural mindset. That is what the new generation is going to need in a globalising world and it is why culture is such an important part of language teaching and especially English language teaching. What do you think? Post your views and tell the world!
To put this in action, whenever you focus on British culture, always ask four questions.
1 What have I learned about British culture?
2 What have I learned about my culture?
3 What one thing I will say or do differently as a result?
4 How has my attitude changed because of learning this?