Elements of intercultural communication 1 low context

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Elements of intercultural communication1.Low-context and High-context communication stylesLow-context and high-context communication styles are part of the elements ofintercultural communication. To communicate effectively in an intercultural setting, we mustlearn to apply these elements. According to Ting-Toomey and Chung, “In low-contextcommunication, the emphasis is on how intention or meaning is expressed through explicitverbal messages while in high-context communication, the emphasis is on how intention ormeaning can best be conveyed through the embedded contexts”. As an assistant Youth pastor ofmy church, one way I can apply low-context and high-context communication styles to myinteractions with members of my church is to first identify the cultural background of myaudience, the use the appropriate communication style to get my message across. For example,7
when interacting with someone from a low-context culture such as the United States or Europe, Iwould use a low-context style to communicate with them. This is important because in a low-context culture, communication is usually direct and straightforward. Using a high-context stylein a low-cultural environment will cause my audience to misunderstand or misinterpreted mymessage.One day, Sam, a member of my church came to tell me that he had just finished prayingfor another brother in the church for financial break-through. Sam said Ted approached him andtold him he was having some financial challenges, so he prayed for him. Ted was a Korean andSam was a coaction. I explained to Sam that Ted was asking him for financial help, not prayers. Icame to this conclusion because I knew that Ted came from a high-context culture and he couldnot communicate directly to Sam and tell him he needed some financial help. Also, because Samwas interpreting Ted’s message from his own cultural perspective and understanding, hecompletely missed Ted’s message. Sam gave Ted some money and he confirmed that that wasexactly what he was looking for. I was happy my cultural intelligence Knowledge helped me tosolve this problem.2.Direct and indirect communication stylesDirect and indirect communication styles are also elements of interculturalcommunication. Direct communication, according to Ting-Toomey and Chung, “reveals thespeaker’s intentions through tone of voice and the straightforwardness of the content in themessage. In the indirect style, statements tend to camouflage the speaker’s actual intentions andare carried out with a softer tone”. Just like the low-context and high-context styles, the directand indirect communications styles help individuals to communicate effectively when properly8
applied in an intercultural setting.For example, I lead the weekly Bible study session for mychurch. During these meetings, individuals are asked to contribute or share their thoughts, or themassages discussed. I have noticed that some of the members of the group use direct

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