Cultural Experience Assignment Instructions
course, you will submit 4 journal entries which will guide you to reflect on your
cultural intelligence (CQ) scores, set measurable goals and action steps for
improving your CQ, and participate in activities and experiences which will
help to practice effective intercultural communication. With CQ, there is
always more to learn and room to grow, and this course is an opportunity to
practice exercising each of the CQ capabilities. You can use your journal
entries to track your progress through the journey of this course, but
hopefully you will feel inspired to continue to develop your CQ beyond this
Your journal entry should meet the following
journal entry should be written in paragraph form with proper grammar and
spelling. Thoughts should be well-organized and cohesive.
journal entry should be submitted on the template provided.
For this journal, each student will need to seek
to have a cross-cultural experience and engage with people from a different
ethno-linguistic background than your own. The purpose of this assignment is to
have a new experience with a culture that is unfamiliar, practice
developing their CQ capabilities, and take note of similarities and differences
in cultural values.
Here are a few suggestions of experiences to
have (note: students should choose one option from this list):
Visit the home of a
friend from another country. Ask them to teach you how to make food from that
country, or how to play a sport which is unique to that country. Talk together
about the differences in your two cultures and challenges of interacting with
people who are different. (Note: It’s important that students seek out a new
experience. This option is not meant for students to visit a home of a close
friend where they have been often or have been around the culture or family for
a long time. Perhaps an acquaintance that you’d like to get to know better
would provide a new experience).
Attend a cultural
celebration or festival sponsored by a local cultural association. Learn about
the various traditions. (Look for Greek Festivals, Indian Cultural Festivals,
Chinese New Year celebrations, etc.)
Visit a local
non-Christian place of worship (Mosque, Hindu temple, Buddhist temple, etc.).
Respectfully ask for a tour and ask for someone to share a little about their
religion, the meanings of certain artifacts or statues you see, and the purpose
of the practices you witness.
Attend a Christian
worship gathering where most of the attendees have an ethno-linguistic
background that is different than your own. (Many communities have churches who
worship in a foreign language.)
Visit a local ethnic
restaurant (note: Taco Bell, Panda Express, Chipotle, Chuy’s, and other
American chain restaurants that serve “international food” do not count
as ethnic restaurants. Find a place where the chef and most of the staff are
from the country from where the food originates, and other people of that same
ethnicity go there to get food from home). Talk with the staff about where they
are from and ask them about how they make their most iconic dishes. Ask about
the role food plays in their culture. **This only counts if you actually engage
in conversations other than ordering food!**
After you have completed your cultural
experience, use the writing prompt below to complete your journal. Your journal
entry should be at least 400 words and should include an answer to each of the
major sections/headings of this prompt (in bold). The bullet points under each
heading are suggestions for topics to consider.
Describe your cultural experience.
Where did you go?
Who did you
What do you see,
hear, smell, taste, feel?
What did you most
enjoy about the experience?
What was the most
Discuss what you learned about the culture
represented through the experience.
What was similar to
your own culture?
values did you notice?
How can your CQ help you in cross-cultural
experiences such as these (be specific)?
How has your awareness of cultures in general
or the specific culture represented changed because of your experience?
We know that some students
live in places and situations which may prevent them from having such a
cross-cultural experience. While we encourage you to do some more research in
your community because many students are surprised to find that there is more diversity
than they expect, we do understand that there are limitations. If you cannot
find a cross-cultural experience like the ones listed above, you may, with the
prior permission of your instructor, use a digital experience as a substitute.
You may watch a movie that was produced in a foreign country (think Bollywood,
Chinese film, French Film, etc.), or watch a movie about a person who crosses
cultures. Please contact your professor if you would like to use a digital
option for this journal. For your journal entry, you should write a 400-800
word review of the movie. You will discuss the elements of culture you found to
be unique in the media (especially focus on cultural value orientations, the
cross-cultural challenges experienced by the character, and the ways you would
apply cultural intelligence to be able to engage that culture effectively).
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality
via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.
Cultural Experience Template
Journal Entry should be submitted on its corresponding template.
the prompts from the CQ Journal Assignment Instructions to complete the
journal. Make sure that you sufficiently answer each question.
and replace the text in the brackets below to complete your journal
[Insert Student Name]
[Insert 400-800 word
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