Analyze your conversations by using Martin and Nakayama’s dialectical approach. You will define the dialectical approach and explain how it is relevant for your analysis of your subject’s experiences. Identify, define, and apply at least 2 of the 6 dialectics of intercultural communication to your subject’s life experience. Use an additional dialectic to explain your relationship with your subject before, during, and after your sessions. Failing to define or correctly apply the course concepts will result in point deductions. I deduct 1-point for every 4 errors in argument (misapplication of concepts, inconsistent use of concepts and theories, unsupported claims etc.) and 1 point for every 4 errors in style, grammar, and organization.
BRIEFLY (1-2 sentences) introduce your subject and why you selected this individual for your intercultural analysis. Specify the course concepts (dialectics and other concepts) that aid your understanding of this individual’s intercultural experiences. Discuss why this person’s experience is important for our understanding of intercultural communication. Let me know what I can expect to read and the order in which your discussion will proceed.
Use transitions between paragraphs and especially between major sections of your paper. A transition is a logical connection between the ideas expressed in previous and subsequent paragraphs. This is especially important between the major sections of your essay (introduction, body, and conclusion). Good transitional words and phrases include: in fact, for example, consequently, on the other hand. Repeating key words or ideas is another way to transition between paragraphs. I prefer that you repeat ideas but if you repeat words make sure the repetition is strategic and not simply a lack of creativity.
Here is an example of a transition that includes the repetition of key words and ideas:
Many Americans believe that the last two elections created huge ideological divisions among citizens living in red and blue states. The next U.S. president must be able to unify all American citizens by creating a vision for a common national identity. I believe that Ms. America is the most qualified presidential candidate because she has demonstrated her ability to bridge differences among polarized groups.
For example, Ms. America’s role in resolving the Aztlan conflict demonstrates her ability to potentially unify American citizens living in the red and blue states. In the Aztlan conflict, Ms America successfully created a vision for unity and peace by including all relevant stakeholders in major decision-making meetings.
First dialectic (your choice): Write one or two paragraphs applying the dialectic. Use relevant examples from your conversation to support your claims of how this dialectic helps you to understand your subject’s intercultural experiences.
Second dialectic (your choice): Write one or two paragraphs applying the dialectic. Use relevant examples from your conversation to support your claims of how this dialectic helps you to understand your subject’s intercultural experiences.
Third dialectic: Write one or two paragraphs applying the dialectic to your relationship with your subject. Use relevant examples from your conversation to support your claims of how this dialectic helps you to understand your relationships with your subject, before, during, and after your conversations.
Restate why the course concepts are important for our understanding of intercultural communication.