Tag Archives: intercultural communication

Education: Lighting of a fire and not filling a pail

I recently reorganised my electronic archive with files I saved over the past 25 years. While reviewing files I rediscovered a famous quote defining education metaphorically. The quote belongs to William Butler Yeats and it says: “Education is not filling … Continue reading

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Emotions, images, words and music in a nutshell

We went to see “Mais il n’y a rien de beau ici”, a play co-authored by two Belgian playwrights, Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven and Geneviève Damas, who performed it themselves on stage. It happened right on 26 September 2014, the European Day … Continue reading

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Cultures and communication: The email, still a powerful communication tool

Different spheres of interest such as linguistics, sociology, psychology, communication, computer and information science were explored in relation to email. Despite all the findings published throughout the years, researchers still find them “unsatisfactory” (Sallis and Kassabova, 2000, p. 45), because … Continue reading

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Cultures and communication: Embracing cultures through email exchange

Does it or does it not happen when exchanging emails with people worldwide? The researchers found evidence that embracing attitudes, values, beliefs and norms from other cultures may happen to a certain extent in email exchange involving people from different … Continue reading

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Cultures and communications: How to overcome anxiety, hostility and defensive behaviour in email communication

When I first wrote my emails to peers in other countries I only looked at the enthusiasm of the moment and at its rewarding part: getting to know other people from other countries. Later on, when I looked for different … Continue reading

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Cultures and communication: Culture influences on email writing and interpretation

I carried out a study on this subject some years ago and I would like to share some thoughts about the culture’s influences on email writing and content interpretation. The study involved a number of European teachers that worked in … Continue reading

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Cultures and communication: Email as a learning tool

I sent out my first email 20 years ago. By that time I could not anticipate that the email as a communication means would change our professional and personal lives. My first emails were linked to teaching and learning activities. … Continue reading

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