Going beyond the cultural barrier

Date of publication:2004-12   Press: Foreign language teaching and research   Author:Hu Wenzhong   Pages´╝Ü281  

In the recent ten years. Foreign language teaching in China -- especially English Teaching -- a prominent feature is given more and more attention to culture. The newly released "English Teaching Syllabus for English Majors" in teaching principle part states: "pay attention to the cultivation of intercultural communicative competence. Students should pay attention to the cultural difference sensitivity, tolerance and flexibility in dealing with cultural gap in the professional course teaching." (twelfth pages) new material added to a number of introducing foreign culture text, some schools also have this aspect of the curriculum. Cross cultural communication this strange words suddenly become prosperous. This is one of the few people suddenly germination fantasy tactics you can say for sure: not. Between Chinese and Westerners do there exists an invisible cultural barrier, the barrier impedes the smooth communication. When the speaker "code" is a means, obedient people "decoding" has become another meaning. For people communication coding and decoding and encoding and decoding different operator machinery. Because the speaker and the listener has cultural background. Different cultural background plays a role in the process of encoding and decoding, often interfere with the smooth communication. Is because they can not break away from the culture background in communication, therefore, we engaged in foreign language teaching is no doubt related to culture, to contrast Chinese culture and other cultures. Regardless of whether you to cultural studies, cultural teaching and intercultural communication is of interest, as the foreign language learners, as a foreign language teacher, you must be concerned in the process of cross-cultural communication problems that may occur, and how to prevent the occurrence of.

"Beyond the cultural barrier" is one of the mainly from the angle of foreign languages teaching on language and culture, to explore the intercultural communication book. It is the predecessor of the "Introduction" of intercultural communication, intercultural communication is a press series a. After the first printing sold out, "chief editor Cai Jianfeng proposed revised book, suggested the focus more on foreign language teacher. According to an opinion, I delete the original book in the individual chapters, increased with the content of the foreign language teaching. Through this revision, we hope to get more substantial content, the teacher with a book in hand we can generally understand the main aspects of this field. \n we hope that this will help foreign language teachers and learners to know some culture related to foreign language learning on the issues, understanding intercultural communication profile
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Cross cultural communication is introduced, the problems about a new subject two, research the cultural conflict: cross cultural communication three, omnipresent culture four, a pair of twin sisters: five different language and culture, language can also exchange six, social intercourse and interpersonal relationship, through a seven cut line: values eight, how to cultivate cross-cultural awareness bibliography. On intercultural communication intercultural communication research Intercultural Communication Studies in ChinaWhy Bother about Culture in ELT? The Revelation of a Cross-cultural SurveyIndirectness Revisited:On the Communication Stvle in Two Types of Chinese LettersOn the Changing Values of Mainland ChineseAnalyzing the Changing Character and Sophistication of TV Advertisements in the People 's Republic of ChinaReferences
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In modern society, the status symbol or the occupation dress. American some restaurants specified wear jeans are not allowed. IBM company regulations, company representatives and managers must wear white shirts, black suit and a stiff collar. Although no longer insist must wear a collar, but the white shirt and black suit or IBM symbol of trust. In western countries, government officials, lawyers, banks and big companies usually dress is more formal. People found, clothing has a persuasive effect for the general. Research on Bickman had influence on clothing for people's behavior. (Matland Lo and buck 1991:95) in one study, he let the four men of Brook forest in New York on the streets of 153 adults stop command. The four men's clothing (including civilians like shirt or suit, tie), milk like (uniform, white pants and Niu Naiping), and the appearance of the (uniform, collar, collar badge, but don't wear a gun). The four man for pedestrians to do one thing: 1) the following, picked up a bag; 2) to the parking meter in order to others put a dime; 3) stood at the bus stop opposite. In each case, wearing the uniform of the guards would function more. Asked to put a dime to the parking meter 83% of them obeyed. This shows that the clothing plays a considerable role in gaining cooperation. Occasions and dress are closely related. Formal dress requirements, for more formal. In informal occasions, dress can be compared easily. Western social activities, on the invitation card to have separate instructions often dress, printed in the lower right corner of the invitation. If the mark is white tie, you need a night dress or coat, collar shirt, black suit and white tie, this is the most formal clothing; women with bare shoulders bare back dark dress. If you write lounge suit only need to wear a suit and tie, the color is not strictly required; female guests have to dress. If you write dress informal is relatively casual clothing, a gathering of young people generally do not have a strict dress code, many people wear T-shirts, jeans.
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