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Body language is an important aspect of intercultural communication and using video allows you to observe the body language in action...

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How do you guard against stereotyping other cultures?

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This is an activity designed by Ben Hammond at International House, London, who teaches Contemporary British Culture.

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Prompted by her local village photo calendar, Diana England from IH in Torres Vedras in Portugal has come up with this idea for teaching...

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Do you teach cross-cultural awareness or inter-cultural communication?

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Day 3 of the intensive Business Cultural Trainers Certificate and we all agree that creating critical incident scenarios is an excellent...

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Day 3 of our culture blog and Day 1 of the three day intensive Business Cultural Trainers Certificate at IH London.

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John Mole, author of a very good cross-cultural book on the EU called 'Mind your Manners', said 'Any time something...

  • Body language is an important aspect of intercultural communication and using video allows you to observe the body language in action.  I classify body language as follows. * Facial expressions. This includes eye contact, smiling etc. * Gestures:...
  • How do you guard against stereotyping other cultures? Stereotyping fixes a person  according to a particular cultural type. We all know the common statements and they are usually not very complimentary, such as: The British are cold. The Americans...
  • This is an activity designed by Ben Hammond at International House, London, who teaches Contemporary British Culture. It's part of a project called 'Great Britons' and uses articles and visual material to explore the lives of people who were...
  • Prompted by her local village photo calendar, Diana England from IH in Torres Vedras in Portugal has come up with this idea for teaching about village life and local customs in the UK. PREPARATION She cut out the pictures from the calendar and...
  • 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...
  • Day 3 of the intensive Business Cultural Trainers Certificate and we all agree that creating critical incident scenarios is an excellent way of increasing cultural awareness and because critical incidents are short and sweet they are often better...
  • Day 3 of our culture blog and Day 1 of the three day intensive Business Cultural Trainers Certificate at IH London. This trains business English teachers in how to research, design, market and deliver cross-cultural training. Immediately we get a...
  • DELIGHTS AND SURPRISES John Mole, author of a very good cross-cultural book on the EU called 'Mind your Manners', said 'Any time something amuses you, annoys you or surprises you, you may be in the presence of a cultural phenomenon.'  Dominique...
  • MAKE CULTURE REAL. BRING A SOUVENIR TO CLASS. One of the aims of early English teaching is to develop an interest in and love of the language. One of the ways to do this is to stimulate interest in the culture. I've never forgotten a teacher at IH...