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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 193 x 248.9 x 7.6mm | 317.52g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • 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.show more

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 Keyshow more