about this tutorial...

This is one in a series of tutorials on intercultural communication. Anticipated completion time for this tutorial: approximately 85 minutes.You may create a print version by clicking on the "print all" link at the top of the page. If you are working with this tutorial in a course environment, you should complete the quiz on the last page, which demonstrates to your instructor that you have completed this tutorial. Please send comments/suggestions to rgjones@vcu.edu.

Learning Objectives

The objectives below can be achieved through working initially with the this tutorial and the assigned materials (readings/videos), then expanding the knowlledge gained through critical reflection, thoughtful application to personal experiences, and learning from contact/conversations with others. Achievement of the objectives will be measured through the quality of contributions to course discussions, reflective journals, and other course activities


By successfully completing this unit, students should be able to...

  • Compare and contrast environments' effects on conversation
  • Discuss issues of privacy in different environments and cultures
  • Identify and discuss different orientations towards time
  • Discuss the intercultural context of business/professions
  • Compare business etiquette across cultures
  • Discuss issues of translation in professional contexts
  • Identify potential cultural issues in professional contexts
  • Apply knowledge and skliis gained to real-life encounters
  • Have understanding and acceptance of different orientations to time and place

Key concepts for this unit

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Built environment
Adaptations to the terrestrial environment, including architecture, housing, lighting, and landscaping

Key concepts (PDF)