Module One Use Module one for listening comprehension, linking of sounds in English, stress of sounds in English, transitions, and writing.

Vocabulary

  • Toolkit – A container for tools. It can be large or small and made of many different types of materials.
  • Tools – Things that help one to do a particular job. Each profession has its own tools Master Mechanic – a person who is highly skilled at working on cars, trucks or other vehicles.
  • Ivy – A type of vine or plant.
  • Craft – a job, usually working with hands, that requires special knowledge and training
  • Module – A division of work – such as chapter.
  • To smooth out – an idiom meaning to eliminate
  • Ever-shrinking – an idiom meaning to continually grow smaller
  • On a daily basis – an idiom meaning everyday
  • Stumbling block to – an idiom meaning a barrier to
  • Expert guides – professional leaders
  • To acquire – to get,
  • to gain

                                                                   Transcript                                                       

Hello and welcome to the new on-line version of The Toolkit for Culture and

Communication. I’m Dr. Carol Archer and I’m here to invite you to create your

own personal Toolkit. This is a toolkit that belonged to my Dad. My father

was a Master Mechanic, and in my childhood, it was not filled with ivy as it is

now. It was filled with the tools of my father’s craft. Those tools and his

knowledge enabled my dad to take countless journeys in his lifetime. In the

same way, the toolkit that you will be creating for yourself in the next six

modules will enable you to take countless journeys beyond cultural boundaries.

My dad used his toolkit to smooth out the bumps in the road. You will use

your toolkit to move beyond the culture bumps that you encounter in the world.

You and I live in an ever-shrinking world. On a daily basis, we encounter many kinds of differences:

Cultural differences

Age differences

Gender differences

Religious differences

Professional differences

These differences can be a stumbling block to relationships, or with adequate skills and knowledge, they can be the key to new, richer relationships.

Lets take a look at some of the skills that you’ll be developing in the next six modules:

  • First, you will learn how to recognize and describe your own culture bumps -those moments when your culture bumps into somebody else’s culture.
  • Second, you will learn how to manage your emotional responses to your culture bumps.
  • Third, you will learn how to learn about another culture’s values, beliefs and behaviors – in other words, about their expectations. And in the process, you will learn a great deal about your own expectations.
  • And fourth, and the most important, you will learn how to move beyond the differences to find the commonalities that unite us as human beings.

The best part of this is that you will not be alone. You have expert guides in traveling through these cultural adventures -a group of young men and women from around the world who have already acquired these skills and this knowledge. They’re more than just expert guides however, they’re living examples of the wonderful possibilities of friendship when we begin to understand our culture bumps with one another.

And now, I’d like to introduce your first guide. Mazen from Syria will explain about the Middle East and some about Islam. Katie will guide you through Korea and Asia. Buki represents Latin America and Josh will speak for the USA. And we have special appearances by Brian and Aziz and Jama and Eric. And now lets begin with our first activity a ride on the Spaceship Perception.

 

  EXTRA ACTIVITIES

Listen to the video again and circle the words that are linked.

 

1. Listen to the video again and underline once the words that are emphasized. Why do you suppose the author emphasizes those particular words or phrases? How is the meaning changed when different words or phrases are emphasized?

The words that are italicized are emphasized in the speech.

 

Hello. I’m Dr. Carol Archer and I’m here to invite you to create your own personal Toolkit for Culture and Communication. This is a toolkit that belonged to my father. My dad was a Master Mechanic, and in my childhood, this was not filled with ivy as it is now. It was filled with the tools of my father’s craft. Those tools and his knowledge enabled my father to take countless journeys during his lifetime. In the same way, the toolkit that you will be creating for yourself during the next six modules will enable you to cross countless cultural borders. My dad used his toolkit to smooth out the bumps in the road. You will use your toolkit to move beyond the culture bumps that you encounter in the world.

You and I live in an ever-shrinking world. On a daily basis, we encounter many kinds of differences:

Cultural differences

Age differences

Gender differences

Religious differences

Professional differences

 

These differences can be a stumbling block to relationships, or with adequate skills and knowledge, they can be the key to new, richer relationships. Lets take a look at some of the skills that you’ll be developing in these next six modules.

First, you will learn how to recognize and describe your own culture bumps – those moments when your culture bumps into someone else’s culture. Second, you will learn how to manage your emotional responses to your culture bumps. Third, you will learn how to learn about another culture’s values, beliefs and behaviors – in other words, about their expectations. And in the process, you will learn a great deal about your own expectations. Fourth, and perhaps the most important, you will learn how to move beyond the differences to find the commonalities that unite us as human beings.

The best part of this is that you will not be alone. You have expert guides in traveling through these cultural adventures – a group of young men and women from around the world, who have already acquired these skills and this knowledge. They’re more than just expert guides however, they’re living examples of the wonderful possibilities of friendship when we begin to understand our culture bumps with one another.

And now, I’d like you to meet your first guide.


The underlined words link the sounds together.

 

Hello. I’m Dr. Carol Archer and I’m here to invite you to create your own personal Toolkit for Culture and Communication. This is a toolkit that belonged to my father. My dad was a Master Mechanic, and in my childhood, this was not filled with ivy as it is now. It was filled with the tools of my father’s craft. Those tools and his knowledge enabled my father to take countless journeys during his lifetime. In the same way, the toolkit that you will be creating for yourself during the next six modules will enable you to cross countless cultural borders. My dad used his toolkit to smooth out the bumps in the road. You will use your toolkit to move beyond the culture bumps that you encounter in the world.

You and I live in an ever-shrinking world. On a daily basis, we encounter many kinds of differences:

Cultural differences

Age differences

Gender differences

Religious differences

Professional differences

 

These differences can be a stumbling block to relationships, or with adequate skills and knowledge, they can be the key to new and richer relationships. Lets take a look at some of the skills that you’ll be developing in these next six modules.

First, you will learn how to recognize and describe your own culture bumps – those moments when your culture bumps into someone else’s culture. Second, you will learn how to manage your emotional response to your culture bumps. Third, you will learn how to learn about another culture’s values, beliefs and behaviors – in other words, about their expectations. And in the process, you will learn a great deal about your own expectations. Fourth, and perhaps the most important, you will learn how to move beyond the differences to find the commonalities that unite us as human beings.

The best part of this is that you will not be alone. You have expert guides in traveling through these cultural adventures – a group of young men and women who have already acquired these skills and this knowledge. They’re more than just expert guides however, they’re living examples of the wonderful possibilities of friendship when we begin to understand our culture bumps with one another.

And now, I’d like you to meet your first guide.

 

Practice pronouncing the linking of the sounds that are underlined.

GRAMMAR

1. List the adjectives in the transcript and categorize them as simple adjectives, gerund adjectives and adjective phrases.

WRITING

1. What are the metaphors** that the author uses in her speech? Are they consistent throughout the speech?

 

2. What is the overall theme of the speech?

 

*Write an introduction to something that is important to you. Choose a theme for the topic and use similes and metaphors in your writing.

 

Expanded activity:

Present your paper as a written speech.

Read the speech again and make a list of all of the transitions used in the speech.

 

*Suggested topics:

My room, a holiday in my country, my favorite teacher

 

**Metaphor describing something which is not literally true

 

EXTRA ACTIVITY FOR MAPS

Draw a map of the world. Compare your map with your classmates’ maps. What do you notice?

 

EXTRA ACTIVITY FOR ASIAN CLASSROOM

Prepare a role-play for a typical classroom in your country.