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Reflecting on Cultural/National Values

Culture-Learning Strategies Inventory

Put the following strategies in order of how likely you are to use them.

Strategies for when I am in surroundings that are culturally different from what I am used to:

  • Think about different cross-cultural perspectives to examine situations in which I seem to offend someone or do something wrong.
  • Figure out what cultural values might be involved when I encounter a conflict or something goes wrong.
  • Use generalizations instead of stereotypes when I make statements about people who are different from me.
  • Consider ways in which different cultures might view things in different ways (e.g., how different cultures value alone time or independence).
  • Counter stereotypes others use about people from my country by using generalizations and cultural values instead.
  • Make distinctions between behavior that is personal (unique to the person), cultural (representative of the person's culture), and universal (a shared human concern).
  • Look at similarities as well as differences between people of different backgrounds.

Taken from Culture Learning Strategies Inventory (p. 23), Maximizing Study Abroad: A Students' Guide to Strategies for Language and Culture Learning and Use as cited in – Take the Culture–Learning Strategies Inventory


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