‘Using Films to Learn About The Nature of Cross-cultural Stereotypes in Intercultural Business Communication Courses’ written by Peter W. Cardon from the University of South Carolina has helped shed light on ways instructors can educate their students in the classroom by using multimedia to bring awareness to cultural differences, and to help promote students to interact with one another in real-life situations, either on campus or in their careers. The author has chosen the film Slumdog Millionaire as his educational tool as a prime example to introduce Indian culture to Americans.
In a business world full of communication, it is inevitable that a student will be faced to communicate with an individual with a different cultural background at one time or another. Many students sometimes do not realize how similar they really ...view middle of the document...
It is also widely known deep emotion, hearing and sight are most often the way people gain their first impressions of other people and cultures. By using their emotions students are able to stimulate how they would behave in situations when they are first introduced to a new culture and are more likely to remember what they have learned in the classroom during first time encounters.
Slumdog Millionaire, a box office hit and an Oscar winning film, is an excellent choice in Peter W. Cardons opinion to introduce Indian culture to Americans. It is his belief that many American students rarely are exposed to Indian culture and know very little about it. Indian students are the largest international group in the United States and American students are more likely to interact with students with an Indian background in the classroom. Multimedia also may promote the desire in American students to engage with Indians on campus and a desire to learn more about their culture.
On all campuses across America, students are introduced to peers from all walks of life and from all around the world. During this time in history multimedia has become the most popular way students have gained knowledge. In the classroom, it is beneficial to use multimedia to introduce new cultures to students to understand similarities by visually observing natural interactions with those from different cultural backgrounds. The author has chosen Slumdog Millionaire to introduce Indian culture to Americans, and feels that students can use their senses to remember and to learn acceptable behavior, differences, and similarities when they encounter real-life situations for the first time.
Cardon, Peter. W. “Using Films to Learn about the Nature of Cross-cultural Stereotypes in Intercultural Business Communication courses.” Business Communication Quarterly, Jun2010, Vol. 73 Issue 2, p150-165