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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITYBook Application Paper:Understanding Intercultural CommunicationSubmitted to Dr. Chul Chang, in partial fulfillmentof the requirements for the completion of the courseGLST 650-B01Intercultural CommunicationbyTorrian T. TuckerOctober 11, 2019
ContentsIntroduction......................................................................................................................................1Culture Shock..................................................................................................................................2Appearance.....................................................................................................................................3Gestures..........................................................................................................................................3Facial Expressions..........................................................................................................................4Bibliography...................................................................................................................................5ii
IntroductionIn the book,Understanding Intercultural Communication, Stella Ting-Toomey and LeevaC. Chung discuss the difference between verbal and nonverbal communication and hownonverbal communication is an important factor in intercultural environments. Chung andToomey define nonverbal communication as “the message exchange process involving the use ofnonlinguistic and paralinguistic cues that are expressed through multiple communicationchannels in a particular sociocultural setting.”1In other words, nonverbal communication iscommunicating without words but rather with our facial expressions, body language, gestures,appearance, and other acts of physical display to communicate a message.The book is divided into three parts with each chapter focusing on a particular topicconcerning intercultural communication or nonverbal communication and the impact the positiveand negative effects that nonverbal communication can have depending on what gestures areused in those intercultural settings.If the reader had doubts or questions on the importance ofintercultural communication, those questions are answered, and doubts are laid to rest.Theanswer is quite simple; the world is shrinking.Expansions in technology have made it easier tocommunicate with those who would be on opposite sides of the globe, there are better careeropportunities for those who are willing to move to another country, so our likelihood ofinteracting with someone from another culture other than ours has increased significantly inrecent years and is only going to steadily increase.1 Stella Ting-Toomey and Leeva C. Chung,Understanding Intercultural Communication, 2nded.(NewYork: Oxford University Press, 2012)1
Culture ShockAn anthropologist names Oberg coined the termculture shockover five decades ago.

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