Intercultural Competence : Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures

1469 Words Nov 14th, 2014 6 Pages
Intercultural communication always has something new to offer us. Regardless of the situation, no interaction is going to be exactly like another. Throughout the book Intercultural Competence: Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures, by Lustig and Koester, we have learned a lot of new concepts, imperatives, and principles that go along with being able to competently communicate with other cultures. Through the two international student days we were able to participate in, we got to apply these concepts and firsthand communicate with other students from cultures around the world. Through the interpersonal imperative and being able to engage in conversations with people from various backgrounds, I have learned how to apply interaction management in order to make sure everyone has an equal part in the conversation.
To begin, our first international student day went great. I felt I really got to know the students on a personal level and grow knowledge and appreciation of their culture. Although there were 7 of us, only two were AEI students. Aon was a 27 year old female from Thailand majoring in bilingual communication. The second student was Peter, a 26 year old male from South Korea who came here to major in sports marketing. I was a little hesitant at first because I was not sure how the conversation would go since there were more of us than them. Before we began our conversation, I really thought about the interaction management initiative and how I was…

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