Communicating and Adapting Across Cultures: Living and Working in the Global Village / Edition 1

Communicating and Adapting Across Cultures: Living and Working in the Global Village / Edition 1

by Riall Nolan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0897896602

ISBN-13: 9780897896603

Pub. Date: 04/30/1999

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Today, more Americans than ever are going abroad to visit, work, or study. Increasingly, the ability to communicate and work in cross-cultural situations is seen as an important determinant of success in business, government, education, and the social services. Being successful depends less on what you know of a particular culture than it does on what you know

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Overview

Today, more Americans than ever are going abroad to visit, work, or study. Increasingly, the ability to communicate and work in cross-cultural situations is seen as an important determinant of success in business, government, education, and the social services. Being successful depends less on what you know of a particular culture than it does on what you know about managing new cultural situations.

This book provides a comprehensive and practical guide to communicating, learning, and adapting within any new cultural environment. It begins by examining what culture is and why it is important. It then goes on to outline the process of cross-cultural adjustment, and presents some highly effective tools and strategies for avoiding culture shock, while encouraging learning. Advice on learning a language, preparing for the transition, settling in, working and living overseas, and planning re-entry into U.S. culture is given. One of the book's most useful features is the presentation of a detailed plan for actually making the transition from one culture to another. It also provides a detailed chapter on re-entering the home environment, again to aid in minimizing shock and anxiety. The skills learned from this book are essential to success and can be put to use in any new culture, anywhere in the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897896603
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/1999
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1130L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Cultural Basis of Difference

Encountering Difference

Communication and Culture

Verbal Communication

Nonverbal Communication

Learning a Language I: Making Decisions

Learning a Language II: On Your Own

Planning Your Transition

Gathering Information

Getting Ready

Making the Crossing

At Home

At Work

More Language

Coming Home

Appendix I: Checklist for Planning a Transition

Appendix II: Resources for Further Learning

Works Cited

Index

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