THINK TWICE – Intercultural communication in focus [digital]

Datum und Uhrzeit
15:00 - 19:00

A workshop of the Kompass³ programme. Trainer: Ute Diemer. 

Destination Germany! Learning German is actually enough of a challenge. But to “read the air between the lines” and always have to reinterpret what the other person may have said and meant, can sometimes be quite exhausting or even frustrating. It would be nice if we knew how to communicate properly – and could always master the fine nuances of intercultural communication, wouldn’t it?

But does that even exist? Communicate properly across cultures? We take a look at what is actually meant by the inflationary terms intercultural competence and especially intercultural communication. Is a particular style of communication actually related to a person’s cultural background? What are potential differences and similarities? What role do the person, the situation and the context play? Can we actually learn intercultural communication? Together, we will get to the bottom of these questions.

Seminar Language: English

Content of the workshop:
• The dynamic intercultural competence model from Dr. Darla K. Deardorff
• Some relevant cultural orientations or cultural dimensions (according to Prof. Dr. Dr. Karl Heinz Flechsig and Erin Meyer)
• Consideration of these cultural dimensions in certain communication situations such as teamwork, meetings, giving feedback, criticism, decision-making, every day talks etc.
• Diversity of perspectives (PSK triangle)

Benefits of the workshop
On the one hand, students receive helpful orientation about forms and styles of communication that they may encounter in Germany and in dealing with people of different socialization and cultural backgrounds. On the other hand, they receive critical food for thought, so that they do not get carried away by the so called ‚culture factor‘. The seminar thus enables a culturally reflective but at the same time diversity-conscious approach to the topic of communication – paving the way for more comfort in dealing with others.

Methods of the workshop
Lecture, moderated discussion, small group work, exercises

Target Group
Students of all semesters

Participants: max. 20

Date and time: Fr., 18.06.2021, 3-7 p.m.
Place: The event takes place virtually via Zoom. After the registration, you will receive an invitation to the virtual room a few days before the digital event.

Interested? Sign up here!

Please note that only registrations that are made at least 24 hours before the start of the event can be considered.


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