Our Own Journeys: Readings for Cross-Cultural Communication

Our Own Journeys: Readings for Cross-Cultural Communication

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Our Own Journeys transforms cultural differences into classroom assets, as students validate their own backgrounds while getting to know their classmates. Topics include business practices, table manners, gift giving, weddings and the hidden meanings of colors and numbers.



Two exercises follow each story to gauge comprehension and confirm content knowledge.
Vocabulary exercises help students incorporate new terms into their everyday lexicons.
Dictionary Discoveries, such as alphabetic searching or selecting a definition, increase students' comfort with English-only reference tools.
Culture Capsules describe specific aspects of U.S. culture as related to the story, while Cultural Exchange stimulates lively discussion about students' own backgrounds.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 193 x 248.9 x 7.6mm | 317.52g
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0130484660
  • 9780130484666

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Written by a professional folklorist, Our Own Journeys draws on compelling tales of communication miscues to stimulate discussion and sharpen reading, writing, and speaking skills. Each of the text's 20 units begins with a story about customs and beliefs that lead to miscommunication among various cultures.


Our Own Journeys transforms cultural differences into classroom assets, as students validate their own backgrounds while getting to know their classmates. Topics include business practices, table manners, gift giving, weddings, and the hidden meanings of colors and numbers.

Two exercises follow each story to gauge comprehension and confirm content knowledge. Vocabulary exercises help students incorporate new terms into their everyday lexicons. Dictionary Discoveries, such as alphabetic searching or selecting a definition, increase students' comfort with English-only reference tools. Culture Capsules describe specific aspects of U.S. culture as related to the story, while Cultural Exchange stimulates lively discussion about students' own backgrounds.
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Table of contents

Unit 1 The New Year

Story: Throwing Water



Unit 2 Luck

Story: Protecting the Baby



Unit 3 Gestures

Story: Island Eyes



Unit 4 Table Manners

Story: Forced Feeding



Unit 5 Foodways

Story: Coffee Break



Unit 6 Taking Care of Children

Story: One Danish to Go



Unit 7 Verbal Customs

Story: Maybe Yes, Maybe No



Unit 8 The Hidden Meaning of Colors

Story: In the Red



Unit 9 Greetings

Story: A Nose Is a Nose



Unit 10 Weddings

Story: Jumping the Broom



Unit 11 Rites of Passage

Story: Special Birthday



Unit 12 Business Practices

Story: Carrying Cards



Unit 13 Clothing Customs

Story: Hats Off



Unit 14 Naming Customs

Story: The Name Game



Unit 15 The Hidden Meaning of Numbers

Story: Sorry, Wrong Number



Unit 16 Gift Giving

Story: If the Shoe Fits



Unit 17 Gender

Story: Pass the Orange



Unit 18 Religious Customs

Story: My Brother's Keeper



Unit 19 Age

Story: Age Cannot Hide



Unit 20 Healing

Story: Banki



Map

Answer Key
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