What's in a relationship? Exploring cultural assumptions from an international perspective

Errington, Rowena (2010) What's in a relationship? Exploring cultural assumptions from an international perspective. In: Errington, Edward Peter, (ed.) Preparing Graduates for the Professions Using Scenario-Based Learning. Post Pressed, Mt Gravatt, QLD, Australia, pp. 199-209.

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Abstract

Living and studying in a foreign country provides many stimulating challenges for the non-native speaker. One set of challenges arises from the differences between content and delivery of English in Australia and that in their own country. Another set of challenges includes the need to interact positively with people from other cultures both within and outside of the classroom. All require students to be flexible in their view of what is standard or normal in terms of speech delivery and cultural practices. It was with the intention of challenging some 'taken-for-granted' views about acceptable behaviour within one particular aspect of society that the scenarios to be discussed were undertaken.

This chapter will promote the use of scenario-based learning within the language learning context. The chosen scenarios are intended to challenge students' taken-for-granted norms concerning specific aspects of marriage. Overall, the intended outcome is to encourage the development of global citizens who are aware and tolerant of cultural differences.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-921214-66-0
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