Saturday, July 6, 2013

BUFS TESOL - Cross Cultural Communication (Spring 2013)

Busan University of Foreign Studies
Graduate School of TESOL
TES 517 Cross-cultural Communication
Spring 2013: March 8 ~ June 21, 2013

Instructor: Jeff Lebow   Office Phone: 640-3708     E-mail:

Sunday, June 9, 2013

TES 517 Cross-cultural Communication Final

You have been asked to
give a speech at the BUFS graduation ceremony* on the following topic“Developing cross-cultural literacy and building a culturally harmonious society’’
What will you say?  
Please post the text of your speech (at least 600 words) on your blog or email it to by June 16 (no hwp files, please).
It might be useful to include components of topics we’ve covered during this course, but try not to simply regurgitate a list of main points.  Rather, based on your learning and wisdom, what do you really think is most helpful and meaningful for your audience to hear.
* If you would prefer to deliver this speech at a different venue (e.g. in front of the National Assembly
(국회), at the United Nations, at a school assembly) that’s fine.  Please indicate the venue when posting.

Congratulations one more time!
You will be a
featured guest on the CCC Show on June 21.
An esteemed panel of cross-cultural communication experts will be interviewing you for about 15 minutes  They will ask the questions below and appropriate follow-up questions.  The goal of this interview is to share the learning and reflection you’ve done this semester. Feel free to prepare some thoughts beforehand, but please do not memorize or read your answers.  

  1. Which topic(s) covered during this course made the strongest impression on you? Why?
    Can you give some examples of how you might approach a situation differently as a result.
  2. What were the main points of your recent speech on ‘“Developing cross-cultural literacy and building a culturally harmonious society’’? Why did you highlight those points?
  3. How could your recent CCC course have been more useful to you?  (e.g. topics that weren’t covered, more or less in-depth coverage of certain topics,  different methods or approaches)

    (Other questions you’d like to be asked)
  4. __________________________________________________________________________
  5. __________________________________________________________________________

Topics covered this semester: Culture & Identity, Patterns of Communication, CCC Challenges, Language & Culture, Views from the Inside and Out, Gender, Technology, Multiculturism, World Englishes

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Week#14 - CCC Potpourri

 Potpourri Discussion Questions
    World Englishes
    • What different variations of English have you experienced as a listener and/or conversation participant?  Which have been most challenging?
    • What can we do as learners and educators to better understand the wide variety of World Englishes?
    • Is understanding a variety of World Englishes valued in Korea?  Why or Why not?
    • Should we aim for more standardization or differentiation in English usage and language in general?
    • What would be the best form of international English?
    • Do you think English will continue to be considered the global lingua franca for the foreseeable future?
    Life Rituals
    • What role do life rituals (e.g. birth, birthdays, graduations, weddings, funerals) play in understanding a culture?
    • What ‘out-of-culture’ life ritual experiences have you had that helped you understand (or confused you more about) another culture?

    Learning the Local Language
    • What do you think is the best way to learn the local language as a non-native speaker?
    • What impact does the outsider’s local language proficiency level have on the impression they make and on their cross-cultural interactions?

    The Arts (painting, dance, music, etc.)
    • What role do the arts play in understanding another culture?
    • Which aspects of art do you think are universal?  Which are culturally relative?
    • What is unique about the art of your culture(s)?  How can it be used to help outsiders better understand your culture?
World Englishes

 World Englishes Presentation
World Englishes and Varieties of English (by Oxford and Jain) html   ppt

Kachru’s The Concentric Circles

Wikipedia Overview


English to English from The Guardian

Speech Accent Archive

David Crystal - Which English

Different Kinds of Slang:

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Week#13 - Multiculturalism

Core Questions: What are the benefits and difficulties associated with multiculturalism in Korea and elsewhere?

Sources:Below are a few readings.  More will be added soon. In the meantime, please try to find some interested related links and either post them on your blog or comment below to share them.


Korea's Multiculturalism

and a little multiculturalism humor

Ethnic Diversity

From: Worlds apart: Uganda tops list of most ethnically diverse countries on Earth while South Korea comes bottom

More Stats:

Discussion Questions: 

  • What do you think are the biggest potential concerns and benefits for a society (particularly Korea) becoming more multicultural?
  • What have been the best and worst multicultural environments or experiences you've encountered? What made them so good or bad?
  • Which do you think is a better multicultural model for a society to strive for - a salad bowl, a melting pot, or a chunky stew?
  • What role does physical appearance, educational background, and financial standing play in multiculturalism?
  • What do you think Korean society will be like (in regards to multiculturalism) in 10, 25, 50 years?
  • What role does the media play in the evolution of attitudes toward multiculturalism?
  • How has it impacted the acceptance of a non-homogeneous Korea? (or a more culturally harmonious South Africa?)
  • How do you determine if someone is 'Korean'?
  • How would you rank the 'Korean-ness' of
- a mixed race person raised in Korea
- a non-ethnic Korean born and raised in Korea
- a non-ethnic Korean who has lived here a long time and is fluent in Korean
- an ethnic Korean raised overseas (gyopo) - an ethnic Korean adoptee

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Week#12 - Technology & Cross-Cultural Communication

This week's Core Question: 
How are recent technological developments (e.g. the internet and mobile technology) affecting learning and cross-cultural communication?

Sources - Browse, skim, watch, find something interesting (below or elsewhere) that addresses our core question.

Food for Thought: Changing Education Paradigms

Other cool RSA Animate Videos
  Language as a Window into Human Nature
   The Power of Networks

  The Divided Brain
and from other sources
Rethinking Education

At its heart, connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks.

Connectivism: Questioning the Role of the Teacher
Seven Habits of Highly Connected People

The Networked Student: Video  & Blog Post

The Flipped Classrooma form of blended learning which encompasses any use of technology to leverage the learning in a classroom, so a teacher can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing. This is most commonly being done using teacher-created videos that students view outside of class time.

 Let's use Video to Reinvent Education (click show transcript to see English or Korean)

More about Khan Analytics (starts at 1:10)

Interview with Salman Khan

About Flipped Classroom

The Flipped Classroom Project

Teachers "Doing The Flip" To Help Students Become Learners

The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman The title is a metaphor for viewing the world as a level playing field in terms of commerce, where all competitors have an equal opportunity.

    Transcript Here


    Social Networking ELT Professional Development

    Electronic Village Online Participant Map

    Student Engagement
    Discussion Questions
    • How do you feel about the growing presence of online, interactive technology in our lives?
      What do you see as the biggest advantages and disadvantages (personally and for society)?
    • Twenty years ago, how much did you interact with people from other countries?
      How about now?  What role has technology played in any change?
    • How does (can) social networking affect our view of the world and interaction with other cultures?
      Has it had any effect on yours?
    • What are your thoughts on changing the paradigm of education?   How can education be re-imagined to address the economic and cultural desires of national and global society?
    • How could you envision a 'flipped classroom' model working for language learning? (lecture/presentation at home, teacher interaction in class)  
      What would be the challenges, advantages, and disadvantages?
    • How would being part of a global learning community affect language learning in your class?
      How might gaming dynamics like 'badges, scores, and virtual role play' affect your students learning and participation in a global learning community?
    • In a connectivist model, knowledge is distributed across a network of connections.  If that is the case, what is the role of teacher?