Earth and its people are not only divided by physical formations (such as oceans, mountains, and continents), but also by separate nations and cultures. People are often so familiar with their own customs that they become ethnocentric about how people are "supposed" to behave. This lesson introduces students to many subtle differences that must be appreciated in order to function socially, academically, and professionally in a multicultural world. [Note: Differences also exist among different cultures within the United States, but this lesson looks at broader international cultural distinctions.]
Look at the Web sites below and any others you may find on the Internet, and note how gestures might be a problem in various countries. When the assignment is completed be prepared to discuss the results in class.
As a Guest in a Foreign Country http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1068242/how_to_be_a_good_house_guest_in_a_foreign.html?cat=16
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