Reflect and write about your previous experience abroad and discuss interesting intercultural issues you experienced, e.g., what cultural/ethnic groups interacted, how groups/individuals differed in communication styles, values, behaviors etc., what intercultural problems occurred, how you perceived them initially and whether or how you resolved them or saw them differently later. Perhaps address, how common stereotypes about cultural groups were refuted or supported in the course of your stay abroad. Write about anything else you found interesting (e.g., with respect to verbal and nonverbal behavior, attitudes and values, changes in your identity and perception of self, issues of adaptation and culture shock or reverse culture shock if applicable). Try to use concepts and terms from the course in your discussion.
Your journal should be of at least 550 words, double-spaced, Times New Roman, font size twelve, 1 inch margins. The journal will be evaluated according to these grading criteria: Task completion ( /10), description of intercultural issues ( /10), relation between observation/information and theory ( /10), depth of reflection and interpretation ( /10), and quality of writing ( /10), Total: /50 points x 2 = /100 %.
A detailed grading rubric is attached.