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Intercultural Communication: Adrian Holliday’s Non-Essentialist Model, ‘Cultural Blocks and Threads’

Aims and Objectives:

This workshop seeks to explore our attitudes to intercultural communication through a discussion of Adrian Holliday’s Non-Essentialist Model, ‘Cultural blocks and threads’.
Learning Outcomes:

Students will have thought about intercultural communication in terms of Adrian Holliday’s Non-Essentialist Model, ‘Cultural blocks and threads’, rather than essentialist approaches.

Students will have gained more vocabulary.

Students will have gained reading skills.
Class Profile:

The class is ALS (Academic Language Skills) for undergraduate CIS (Computing and Information Systems) students. The class is made up of four first year students. They are young men from Singapore, Malaysia, Poland and Lithuania. All have excellent spoken and written English and high levels of academic and inter personal communication skills. I taught them for two semesters before doing this class and I think we all have good relationships. I asked them if they would like to do this session beforehand, and they all agreed.   This was an online class, delivered during the Covid 19 pandemic. The delivery was largely based on giving the students a reading exercise to work on individually and then discuss together via the ‘chat box’ (the students’ preferred method of communication). I e-mailed students the materials ahead of the class and also all the materials were available electronically via Black Board. We used Black Board Collaborate as our electronic platform.

Files for this lesson:

Teaching and Learning Plan: Intercultural Communication Holliday’s Non-Essentialist Model, Blocks and Threads

Reading and Activity Sheet: Intercultural Communication Holliday’s Non-Essentialist Model, Cultural Blocks and Threads

Answers to Reading and Activity Sheet: Intercultural Communication Holliday’s Non-Essentialist Model, Cultural Blocks and Threads

Student Reflections and Evaluations of Intercultural Communication Holliday’s Non-Essentialist Model, Cultural Blocks and Threads

Teacher Reflections and Evaluations of Intercultural Communication Holliday’s Non-Essentialist Model, Cultural Blocks and Threads



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Intercultural Communication: Holliday Cultural Blocks and Threads

Aims and Objectives:

This workshop seeks to explore our attitudes to intercultural communication through a discussion of Holliday’s cultural blocks and threads.
Learning Outcomes:

Students will have thought about intercultural communication in terms of Holliday’s cultural blocks and threads rather than essentialist approaches.
Class Profile:

The class is ALS (Academic Language Skills) for undergraduate CIS (Computing and Information Systems) students. The class is made up of four first year students. They are young men from Singapore, Malaysia, Poland and Lithuania. All have excellent spoken and written English and high levels of academic and inter personal communication skills. I taught them for two semesters before doing this class and I think we all have good relationships. I asked them if they would like to do this session beforehand, and they all agreed.   This was an online class, delivered during the Covid 19 pandemic. The delivery was largely based on giving the students a reading exercise to work on individually and then discuss together via the ‘chat box’ (the students’ preferred method of communication). I e-mailed students the materials ahead of the class and also all the materials were available electronically via Black Board. We used Black Board Collaborate as our electronic platform.

Files for this lesson:

Teaching and Learning Plan: Intercultural Communication Holliday Blocks and Threads

Reading and Activity Sheet: Intercultural Communication Holliday Blocks and Threads

Answers to Reading and Activity Sheet: Intercultural Communication Holliday Blocks and Threads

Student Reflections and Evaluations of Intercultural Communication Holliday Blocks and Threads

Teacher Reflections and Evaluations of Intercultural Communication Holliday Blocks and Threads

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