LCC students from Saudi Arabia, China, Burkina Faso and Taiwan met with SWIFT volunteers and educators from Schulenburg public schools in an evening of culture bumps and commonalities.  They shared cultural perceptions and life stories – stories that ranged from world travels to family celebrations.  Participants commented: “I am really inspired to learn more about […]

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On Friday, March 2, a group of MBA students from Auburn’s College of Business continue Auburn’s decades-long South Africa Initiative.  They will spend ten days in Johannesburg and Cape Town where they will participate in cultural events and business meetings. This group is the first group to have received training in the theory underpinning the […]

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Janet Rae | Sociolinguistics 4315 | Dr. Peter Gingiss and Dr. Carol Archer Culture Bumps:  When Generations Collide Research indicates that people communicate based on their generational backgrounds. Each generation has distinct attitudes, behaviors, expectations, habits and motivational buttons. Learning how to communicate with the different generations can eliminate many major confrontations and misunderstandings. 1 […]

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This culture bump occurred as Miguel, age 28 from Venezuela, was having a conversation with Karen, age 48 from the United States. I was videotaping their conversation as part of a research project. I hypothesized that they would have culture bumps in the course of their conversation which I could then analyze. However, this was […]

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Teresa Potina—Professor Gingiss; Professor Archer—English 4315, 16 April 2007 My culture bump occurred the night I went to my cousin Shelby’s sixteenth birthday party. She had invited many of her friends from her high school and her church youth group, including many boys around her same age. The precise moment of the bump was when […]

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Andrea Goatley— ENGL-4315—April 30, 2007 I was enjoying a rather typical visit with my grandparents last winter with the rest of my family when I inadvertently offended my grandparents during dinner. We had been passing some of my grandma’s specialties: green bean casserole, pot roast with potatoes and carrots, hominy and with cheese and of […]

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Carol M. Archer, Ed. D: April 20, 2001 A belligerent samurai, an old Japanese tale goes, once challenged a Zen master to explain the concept of heaven and hell. But the monk replied with scorn, “You’re nothing but a lout-I can’t waste my time with the likes of you!” His very honor attacked, the samurai […]

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Dr. Carol Archer presented with the TextTESOLer of the year award

This year’s TexTESOLer of the Year award goes to Dr. Carol Archer, an outstanding educator who has shown great commitment to students and excellence in providing services in the ESOL field.Dr. Carol Archer is an educator, writer, researcher, consultant, and trainer. She taught at the University ofHouston’s Language & Culture Center and teaches ESL strategies […]

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Culture Bump is a website that is dedicated to supporting the creation of communities of people – world wide – who are interested in moving Beyond Culture Bumps and finding their common humanity. It offers a forum for individuals to share their culture bumps – to communicate with one another and to experience the culture […]

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