Second are "behavior constraints." Each culture has its own rules aboutproper behavior which affect verbal and nonverbal communication. Whether one looks theother person in the eye-or not; whether one says what one means overtly or talks aroundthe issue; how close the people stand to each other when they are talking--all of theseand many more are rules of politeness which differ from culture to culture.
The successor to OTPIC is a course called . The new curriculum is built around one of our major projects, , and offers a much more extensive and informative set of learning materials than that available through OTPIC.
Culture in the Classroom | Teaching Tolerance
Stella Ting-Toomey describes three ways in which culture interferes with effectivecross-cultural understanding. First is what she calls "cognitive constraints."These are the frames of reference or world views that provide a backdrop that all newinformation is compared to or inserted into.