This project was undertaken for my research paper on the topic of Intercultural communication. The focus of this paper is on the effects that different cultures have on students from each other’s schools, in particular with regard to their interactions. As a result of my analysis of the literature, I have come to realize that not only do these types of cultures affect students from one another, but they also have a massive impact on teachers and teaching staff as well as other adults who are close and connected to them. Due to this, it makes sense why some people who may not be from these same cultural groups would find themselves having difficulties when communicating with others. And this is the reason why I came up with the idea for my project.
The purpose of my work was to look at how different peoples communicate with each other in their everyday lives. To achieve this it needed to take into account a range of factors including social, behavioral, psychological, family, and educational ones. For example, we discussed how certain situations can be made more difficult to manage when you’re dealing with a mixed culture. We also looked at how our parents’ backgrounds affected our experiences with them. Similarly, we looked into how people from different ethnicities can deal with such differences between themselves and their peers. Lastly, we asked ourselves if there is an effect that language itself has on intercultural communication as well as the way it is spoken. Furthermore, the discussion of interpersonal conversations was divided into two major sections, namely: verbal and non-verbal communication. This section, the majority of which involves face-to-face conversations and personal communication. We talked about what we learned about cross-cultural issues when being able to maintain successful interpersonal relationships. Moreover, we also addressed how intercultural communication is learned – through our own experience and learning. The findings of studying and critiquing previous studies helped us determine the significance of working with a multicultural team. Furthermore, using case studies helps highlight that it’s not just the size of your intercultural team that matters (it’s the individuals). Another factor we took into account was understanding that not every cultural group works alone; others tend to work in teams. A study by Driscoll et al. found out that even though some cultural groups use individualism and collectivism approaches to communication, both the individualistic and collective groupings can help increase effective interpersonal interaction.
One interesting observation we came across was that due to the fact that people within our culture often like speaking English, we’ve used words such as “please” and “thank you”. On the other hand, many of these students spoke German or French, and we all tend to think that talking with someone in a foreign language is somehow alien. But when we asked if any of the students had ever got into trouble whilst speaking with English speakers, one thing surprised me: some of them reported feeling “better” after doing so as opposed to their counterparts who didn’t. In addition to all this, many of those who were the most experienced in dealing with different cultures were considered those who were best placed to handle their own and others’ problems. These types of students often ended up giving advice or suggestions to others without considering that they were not fully capable of doing so. So it shows that being able to effectively communicate is a skill that involves more than just knowing how to listen properly. It takes skills and experience to understand how culture influences you and others to better interact and interact with each other. A lot of it involves adapting your approach and behavior towards specific cultures and accepting them for what they are rather than trying to change them. It all stems from the ability to adapt and learn new ways of thinking and acting within your own country.
Another factor was the importance of developing friendships and establishing connections within school settings. While it can be challenging to build trust and rapport with others while adjusting to new cultures and social groups, it is vital to establish a good rapport with others. There was no significant difference in how students were able to get along based on their education level when it comes to establishing long-lasting friendships. However, it is important to realize how important social support and friendships can be for success within communities where diversity is the norm and communication can be strained, especially when people live in unfamiliar environments. If you can’t make friends, then you’re likely to feel isolated, and therefore lack the motivation to succeed. With good interpersonal communication knowledge and high self-esteem, you can strengthen a relationship with others and help yourself grow and become great at something.
In conclusion, this study had various findings concerning intercultural communication, mainly focusing on how important it is to maintain successful interpersonal relationships with others. You can gain new perspectives by taking into consideration the things others have said to you or done to you before. Whether it’s making sure all kids are playing together or getting to know your fellow teacher – getting to develop these kinds of bonds with the world is absolutely crucial.