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Hands-On Advice on Intercultural Communication

VU International News and Reviews No. 102 December 04 2017

December 2017

In the Handbook on Internationalisation of Higher education, there is one interesting article in its 3/2017 issue, which apart from that mainly consists of descriptions of the authors´ own programmes, experiences or views.

The interesting article is by Darla Deardorff on “Communicating Successfully Across Differences”; it provides a highly readable overview of dos and don’ts that are based on research. It has a few simple recommendations like “speak clearly”,  “look for what was not said” and “check for understanding”. It also contains a checklist to get a better grasp of one’s own communication style (self-reflection is the beginning of wisdom as the saying goes) and ends with a list of 16 recommendations – called ‘strategies’- of which the last one is ‘cultural humility’:  recognise and profess your limited understanding of other cultures – it helps!

Readers who can’t access the article my contact me at kees.kouwenaar@vu.nl.

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