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Back next fall

Posted by thuicc on March 28, 2007

I won’t be offering this course in the fall of 2007; rather, I’ll be offering it in the fall of 2008 so that I can (hopefully!) finish my dissertation before 2008. My apologies for any inconvenience.

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This weekend’s assignment

Posted by thuicc on October 27, 2006

For this weekend, you should either watch the video about the Hajj that is linked to in the previous post, or look at the Wikipedia articles about Islam, Kuwait, and the Culture of Kuwait. If you choose the Wikipedia articles, look at the discussion pages as well as the articles themselves. Then post your thoughts, reactions, impressions, and questions on the course blog.

Note: when you post your thoughts, be sure to give us enough context. For instance, if you watch the video and have a question about the Hajj or what the video has presented about it, make sure to give enough detail about what the video presents. If you are writing about one of the articles, you can quote from the article or the dicussion to help us better understand your comments or questions.

Again, please publish your posts by the evening of Oct. 29 so our partners in Kuwait can read them. If you have any questions, let me know!

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This afternoon’s class

Posted by thuicc on October 19, 2006

Here are two websites we will be using for this afternoon’s class:

The focus of the activities we’ll be doing here is on how global English-language media portray or understand Taiwan.

The first project involves looking at English-language newspapers from around the world in order to see how they represent Taiwan to their audiences. What counts as “news” from Taiwan? Of what interest is news from Taiwan to the audiences of those online newspapers? And what do those news articles suggest about the culture(s) of Taiwan and/or the relationships of Taiwan to the audiences of the articles?

The second project takes a look at Wikipedia, an online “collaborative” encyclopedia. Wikipedia is written and edited by many people–almost anyone who accesses an article on the site can make changes to the information on the site. The website also keeps records of the changes and records discussions held about how articles should be written. (Take a look, for example, at the Taiwan article, the history of changes to that article, and the discussions that have gone on about that article.) This information–and the fact that Wikipedia is a popular site for students, scholars, and other people to go for quick information on all kinds of topics–means that Wikipedia is an interesting and important site to look at when we want to understand the various ways in which Taiwan is understood (or misunderstood, depending on your perspective) and the debates and controversies that go on about how to understand this place.

Articles to take a look at for this second assignment: Taiwan, Taiwanese people, Culture of Taiwan (and the articles’ changes and histories).

I’ll be asking you to work on small groups, choose one of these assignments, and prepare to present your conclusions on this course blog in the near future. (Date is still to be determined.)

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Other reflections on today’s class activity?

Posted by thuicc on September 22, 2006

Below you can post any thoughts you have about today’s ‘mock’ intercultural activity.

One thing I thought of was in reaction to what Teresa and Rachel were saying about their experience trying to end the conversation. As you know from Speaking Naturally (actually, did you use that textbook in Freshman English?), preclosings are an important part of a conversation. They signal that the conversation is going to end. The “I’ll buy you lunch” series of exchanges is a kind of preclosing/closing. But Rachel didn’t know how to respond properly to that, so it made the conversation go on, rather awkwardly, it sounds.

This reminds me of something similar that happened to me a few years ago. My wife asked me to call some of her students (junior high-age kids) to give them a little practice talking to a “foreigner” on the phone. Most of the kids tried to get off the phone as quickly as possible, but one talked to me for a long time (about 20 minutes). When I wanted to get off the phone, I said to her, “Well, it’s been nice talking to you” as a preclosing. But she took it as a statement evaluating her conversation performance and responded, “Really? I was worried that my English wouldn’t be good enough….” So I had to respond by saying that her English was actually pretty good, and then she responded to that, and… Anyway, the point is that although her ability to talk in English was fine, she missed the “cultural cue” of a particular kind of preclosing.

Any other thoughts or observations about today’s activity?

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Penn State students’ introductions

Posted by thuicc on September 21, 2006

To Dr. You’s students,

Please introduce yourselves in the comments section below.  I believe your professor will provide you with instructions about what to include. Nice to meet you!

To THU’s ICC students: enjoy reading!

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Tunghai ICC students’ introductions

Posted by thuicc on September 21, 2006

To the Tunghai ICC students: Below in the comments section, you should write a brief introduction of yourself and your interest(s) in intercultural communication. Be specific about your areas of interest (for example, international advertising) and your reasons for those interests (for example, you will be involved in international business, you plan to go abroad to study, you plan to become an English teacher, etc.). This introduction should help us in grouping students together from Tunghai and Penn State for later discussions and/or projects.

Remember, don’t write your e-mail address or IM information, etc., in your post–unless you want millions of people to start e-mailing and spamming you. (OK, maybe just thousands… 😉 )

To the Penn State students: Well, enjoy reading the introductions. Soon I’ll post a call for you to introduce yourself to the THU students.

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Greetings to new ICC students!

Posted by thuicc on June 13, 2006

Welcome to all new and potential ICC students for the fall 2006 semester. Here are some things I would like you to know about or help me out with:

  • Please let me know your e-mail address as soon as you can. This way I can keep you updated on any important news regarding the course. [Update, Sept. 8: I have only gotten e-mail from 2 people… where is everyone else?]
  • This semester’s syllabus is up (click on the “syllabus” link), and a very preliminary schedule of activities is available. The latter will be revised in the next few days.
  • In the mean time, you can browse through the old posts and get some idea of what kinds of issues we cover in this class.

See you on Sept. 21!

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Welcome to the new ICC course blog

Posted by thuicc on May 12, 2006

We'll be using it in the fall.

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Schedule for final presentations, Dec. 29 and Jan. 5

Posted by thuicc on December 15, 2005

Sign up (in the comments section) for when you (and your partner, if applicable) want to do your final presentation. In the comments section, be sure to write your name and the time you want to present (first come, first served). Be sure to write down the times I have listed below.

Thursday, Dec. 29

4:20 Tracy
4:30 Ceilia
4:40 Evonne

5:20 Jen
5:30 Jennifer
5:40 Wendy and Ryo

Thursday, Jan. 5

4:20 Alice
4:30 Josie and Stephanie
4:40 Jocelyn

5:20 Amanda
5:30 Grace
5:40 Rita and Erica

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Discussion questions for “The Wedding Banquet”

Posted by thuicc on November 25, 2005

Here are the discussion questions about The Wedding Banquet:

  1. Describe any specific connections you see between the content of the movie (plot, characterization, verbal and nonverbal behaviors, etc.) and what we’ve been discussing this semester. By “connections” I’m thinking of both examples of what we’ve discussed and possible contradictions or complications of what we’ve talked and read about.
  2. (How) Do you think the characters grow/develop/learn throughout the course of the film? How does where they “end up” as people differ from where they began?
  3. What other thoughts/comments/reactions did you have to the film?

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