2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Nonverbal Communication in Cross-Cultural Classrooms: A Case Study in China
Ashley N. Kleiner
Dr. Scott Alberts and Dr. Janice Grow, Faculty Mentors

As English becomes the lingua franca in many areas of the world, native speakers travel to other countries to teach English as a Foreign Language. When teachers and elementary students of different cultures interact, miscommunications result because of differing nonverbal communication patterns. This paper draws from the disciplines of education, cultural anthropology, and communication to analyze the effect of nonverbal communication discrepancies on student learning. Taking the case study of China, the paper describes Chinese culture in order to more fully explain Chinese nonverbal communication as it pertains to cross-cultural elementary classrooms.

Keywords: nonverbal, communication, education, cross-cultural, Chinese, culture

Topic(s):Interdisciplinary Studies Major

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 309-3
Location: VH 1324
Time: 1:30

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