As an international master in adult education for social change, this year I was studying in Tallinn University and I did my placement as a teaching assistant in the course of Intercultural Communication. In this course I have been discussing topics and having workshops related to intercultural communication with around 100 bachelor students who are from different cultural backgrounds.
For my placement I need to do a final dissemination project and I decided to make it a collaborative collection of ideas from this group of students. I have interviewed four voluntary students in this course and each of them have very different intercultural experiences. I have asked them three questions as follows in the interviews:
What does intercultural communication means to you?
How is intercultural communication related to your daily life?
Do you think intercultural communication will lead to social change?
By asking these questions I was thinking about the answers myself as well. I noticed that each student have very different ideas towards one topic, which shows the diversity of intercultural environment in a certain extent. Intercultural communication is strongly relayed to my daily life as my master program requires me to move to different places every semester and all my colleagues are international students. Being able to communicate with people cross culture is definitely an important skill in my work and I personally am very interested in this topic. I hope to understand more about how other people with different backgrounds think about intercultural communication, so I decided to interview my students and collect their ideas. I hope this piece of dissemination work can provide some inspiration to the audiences.
Here is my dissemination video:
Yumi (Can Feng) is an IMAESC student who is exploring the world. She is interested in seeing new views in different places and communicating with people from different cultural backgrounds. She used to work as a language teacher and a facilitator for various events.