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This is a version of my favorite course to teach. Learning to speak English is just a starting ground if you want to communicate well with Westerners. In this course, for intermediate and advanced English speakers, you will learn the skills necessary for cross-cultural communication. You will learn how to suspend judgement when you encounter behavior that seems strange for you. You will learn about individualism vs.collectivism, high and low context communication, honor vs. justice and high- and low-power distance cultures, among other cultural differences. This will enable you to more deeply understand not only Westerners, but anybody from a culture different from your own.All these tools are necessary for understanding Westerners and learning how to communicate with them. If there is an interest this course can also cover physical elements of communication like eye contact, gestures and personal space.The class will include reading from "Encounters With Westerners," lectures and extensive informal class-time discussion, giving you opportunities to synthesize the ideas and practice speaking about them. The subject is near and dear to my heart. I not only earned my Master's degree in Intercultural Studies, I've also taught the subject at a Chinese university. Though sometimes the subject matter is serious, I have fun with this class and make it enjoyable for everyone.This course will utilize Don Snow's excellent book on the subject: Encounters with Westerners: Improving Skills in English and Intercultural Communication (2004).