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Five Paragraph THESIS Essay Read the following essay and pay particular attention to its structure and pattern of development Ethnocentrism As An Obstacle to Intercultural Understanding in the USA The United States has always been a multi-ethnic society consisting of people from many different parts of the world. In large cities, smaller towns, and even rural areas, too, there is a diversity of citizens, immigrants, tourists, and visitors that is growing by the year. Multiculturalism creates many advantages for US culture and opportunity for the exchange of ideas and customs. However, although the idea of intercultural exchange is viewed as positive, the reality can be problematic for people trying to live and work together. Ethnocentric attitudes rooted in language, verbal communication styles, and non-verbal communication styles are often barriers to effective intercultural communication in the USA. One of the biggest obstacles to effective intercultural communication in the USA today is lack of common language skills. The majority of the native born population only speaks English, and access to most opportunities, especially in education and for jobs, requires knowledge of the language. Without good language skills, people who do not speak English are often isolated in their own communities and do not interact with mainstream US culture. The isolation of new immigrants with limited English skills can sometimes 1
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