Discussion(Human Community)

The purpose of this discussion assignment is to allow students to reflect on their intercultural communication effectiveness.

Step 1:  In a 200-300 word post, reflect on why intercultural communication skills are important to you, personally?  Explain.  Next, reflect on the transactional model of communication described in the lecture.  Which part do you find most challenging when you are interacting with someone of a different culture?  Why?  Explain. 

Please note:  You must first post your own original initial response (at least 200 words in length)  before viewing the initial responses of your classmates.

Do not post a blank response first and then view the responses of your classmates as doing so will compromise the originality of your own response and result in points being deducted from your score on the assignment or a grade of "0" (zero).

Step 2 :  Read at least 5 of your colleagues' initial responses. Choose 2 to comment to. Each comment should be at least 100 words in length and add to the conversation (reflect on their experience, add your own examples, ask questions, respectfully debate what is said, etc.) 


· 10 pts – Complete Initial Response – Initial response demonstrates analysis (review the link labeled  Analyzing versus Summarizing in Modules.) Initial response is fully developed addressing the question with adequate examples and thoughtful explanation of why or how.  A complete initial response is a minimum of 200 words in length.

· 10 pts – Two comments to colleagues - Provides two thoughtful comments to two colleagues.  Often a student will choose to comment on a response that was most helpful in understanding the course material better or one that is interesting or intriguing.  Each comment to a colleague should adequately explain why you found your colleague’s response helpful, interesting or intriguing and be at least 100 words in length.

· 5 pts – Appropriate Integration of Course Concepts and Terms – Initial response appropriately integrates course terminology and concepts from class materials.

· 5 pts – Organization, evidence of proofreading, spelling checked and proper capitalization – Posts are carefully proofread, organized, free of spelling errors, typos and fragments and follow capitalization conventions.