On 20th November 2023, IEC organized a Lecture on Intercultural Communication. The event brought together students from various cultural backgrounds and highlighted the remarkable diversity of cultures that exist within our academic community. Under the guidance of the dedicated tutor, Chinese and international students embarked on a journey of exploration, gaining valuable insights into different cultures while engaging in fun activities to foster language and cultural interaction. This event proved to be an unforgettable experience, allowing the students to not only enjoy themselves but also learn an immense amount.
At the beginning of the event, the tutor enlightened Chinese and International students with a captivating session on the importance of embracing cultural diversity. They delved into the customs, traditions, and practices of numerous countries, awestruck by the richness and depth of each culture. The tutor skillfully navigated us through the intricacies of Chinese, Indian, African, and Western cultures, enabling the students to develop a broader perspective and appreciation for the world's diverse heritage. What’s more, Chinese and international students learned intercultural communicative skills when they encountered cultural conflicts with students from other countries.
Following the enlightening lecture, the event transitioned into a series of interactive activities that bridge the gap between cultures while enhancing our language and communicative skills. The students were engaged in cultural exchange sessions and were encouraged to converse in Mandarin and English. This allowed them to develop confidence, expand their vocabulary, and better appreciate the nuances of Chinese and English. Interactive games and quizzes challenged them to put their cultural knowledge to the test, fostering a friendly, competitive environment that made the event all the more enjoyable.
In retrospect, this event was a resounding success, leaving a lasting impact on the academic community. Chinese and international students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and expressed their heartfelt gratitude to IEC for organizing such an informative event. For the first time, they were reminded of the immense beauty and value that lies within cultural diversity in their community and were encouraged to actively seek new experiences. By breaking down the cultural barriers, fostering mutual understanding and respect, and gaining intercultural communicative skills, this lecture not only broadened their horizons but also encouraged them to form lasting friendships with peers from different cultural backgrounds. It effectively transformed them into global citizens equipped to navigate the intricacies of the increasingly interconnected world. Both Chinese and international students eagerly anticipate future events that will continue to foster intercultural communication and provide opportunities for language growth and interaction.