I spoke for an hour today at school about the language of intercultural communication. About fifty or so students came, which was exciting and a bit surprising.
The lecture was a sort of an introduction to the 英语交际文化速成 I’ll be teaching over the May holiday. Today’s session covered two main points. First, we talked about how to define culture and language, and how the two relate. Then we moved on to a specific communication situation: how to greet someone.
The class will follow this basic format, but should be more interactive. We’ll talk about the broad questions, and do an introduction to various aspects of American and British culture, and then we’ll focus on specific situations and the language that arises from them.