Com 200 Six Cultures and Nonverbal Communication Skills

Six Cultures and Students’ Perceptions Concerning Nonverbal and Verbal Communication
COM 200
Instructor Jennifer Lloyd
February 28, 2011

Six Cultures and Students’ Perceptions Concerning Nonverbal and Verbal Communication
Language gives humans the ability to transmit their culture, adapt to the cultures as changes occur, and even to promote change within these cultures.   We all have heard the saying that different cultures have different truths.   Many would argue that there is only one accepted truth among people.   Over the course of time, people have proven that this universal truth was no longer true.   Culture is the ever-changing values, traditions, social and political relationships and the world-view created and shared by a group of people bound together by a combination of factors. (which can include a common history, geographic location, language, social class and/or religion. (Hybels & Weaver, 2007) The universal moral truth does not exist because it is impossible for everybody everywhere to believe in common ideas; the world's cultures are far too diverse for this.   In the essay below, six cultures are examined and student perceptions of their teacher’s nonverbal and verbal communication are put to the test.
The six countries are Australia, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, Taiwan and the United States.   The students are, to the best of their ability, remembering the lengths that their worst and best professors or teachers went to when communicating, both non-verbally and verbally.   The whole article served to show how nonverbal and verbal communication are associated with effective teaching but in varying degrees depending on where you live. Across cultures, best professors were perceived to employ more nonverbal expressiveness, relaxed movement, in-class conversation, and out-of-class communication than worst professors. (Georgakopoulos & Guerrerro, 2010)   Effective teaching involves one hundred percent involvement in communication.   The way a...