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'Skeleton budget', 'intranet', 'dole', and other strange Words: Bridging the cultural divide in a multicultural classroom

Weerakkody, Niranjala and Ahmad, Jamilah 2009, 'Skeleton budget', 'intranet', 'dole', and other strange Words: Bridging the cultural divide in a multicultural classroom, in PACA 2009 : 7th Biennial Conference of the Pacific and Asian Communication Association: Communication Encounters Across Cultures, Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pp. 1-13.

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Title 'Skeleton budget', 'intranet', 'dole', and other strange Words: Bridging the cultural divide in a multicultural classroom
Author(s) Weerakkody, Niranjala
Ahmad, Jamilah
Conference name International Conference of Pacific and Asian Communication Association (7th : 2009 : Selangor, Malaysia)
Conference location Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Conference dates 10 - 12 January, 2009
Title of proceedings PACA 2009 : 7th Biennial Conference of the Pacific and Asian Communication Association: Communication Encounters Across Cultures
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series Pacific and Asian Communication Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia
Place of publication Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Keyword(s) culturally responsive teaching
communication competence
inter-subjectivity
social realities
teaching in a multicultural classroom
auto-ethnography
hidden curriculum
international students
Australian universities
Summary This paper examines the experiences of two academics who had been international students themselves and currently teaching in multicultural settings at tertiary level, with regards to the issues of the teacher using culture specific slang and idiom with otherwise keen and bright groups of students, in Australia. Using the research method of auto-ethnography, it examines and categorises the themes of issues most often faced by the staff members and students-such as the use of different vocabulary and keywords and the prior knowledge required of both the teacher and the students in reaching a shared understanding or inter-subjectivity. These will be discussed in terms of the various realities experienced by the students coming from a diversity of countries and cultures. The paper discusses how these challenges can be identified and addressed and how to prepare for future situations more effectively and in advance. They will be examined within the contexts of culturally responsive teaching, communication competence, the hidden curriculum, instructional scaffolding, understanding and being open to other cultures and acknowledgement of the richness and relevance of the multicultural students’ varied experiences and social realities, from the point of view of the academic discipline of communication studies.
ISBN 9789834118426
Language eng
Field of Research 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2009
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016574

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