Ulture: Barriers to Intercultural Communication

Activity: Culture: Barriers to Intercultural Communication
Discussion Board > Intercultural Communication

Select a minimum of 3 items from the list on page 10 of the BP and respond to the following on the DB.

How do some of these items act as barriers to intercultural communication?
Have you personally experienced such barriers?
Do you perhaps erect such barriers yourself?

Respond to at least one other studenti??s comment.

Barriers to intercultural communication (adapted from Dwyer, 2013)
Intercultural communication competence is vital for interacting and managing in the culturally diverse domestic and global environments of today.
It is often stated that barriers to intercultural communication are created when the behaviour of an individual differs from your own (Chaney & Martin, 2000). However, often it is not cultural differences that act as a barrier to communication, but the failure to recognise and understand these differences. A number of barriers have been identified in the literature including the following, identified by Hodgettes & Luthans (2003), Deresky (2002a) and Ferraro (2002):
Linguistic i?? differences in languages spoken, in the use of vocabulary, in the attribution of common meaning, intonation patterns, local jargon and metaphors
Cultural i?? differences in attitudes and values, social systems and orientation to the group, family, workplace relationships, religious beliefs, levels of i??othernessi??
Perceptual i?? a tendency to view other cultures through onei??s own cultural lens and have an incorrect or blurred view of other cultures and a tendency to make judgements and stereotype people
Experiential i?? a lack of similar life experiences and a reluctance to accommodate change or new cultural experiences
Non-verbal i?? differences in the use of non-verbal codes and signals in the communication process
Physical preferences i?? differences in approach to time, space, environment, comfort and needs
Emotional i?? personal feelings (negativity about new experiences, thinking you know more than others) the stress that often accompanies communication between people of different cultural backgrounds because of culture shock.