Cultural Assistance and Insights
for Work Groups or Individuals
It is common for workplaces at The University of Iowa to have employees working together who grew up speaking different languages and/or in dissimilar cultures. In workplaces like this, misunderstandings can result from differences in how language is used and understood, hidden cultural expectations, or both.
Staff Language and Culture Services (SLCS) offers assistance in resolving and avoiding misunderstandings in multi-lingual, multi-cultural work areas. SLCS staff can provide research on specific topics and cultures, deliver informational presentations, and consult on particular workplace situations. They also can prepare handouts and lists of resources. Assistance is offered on request and is tailored for specific groups and circumstances.
Just a few topics we can address:
- Cognitive dissonance and language culture
Ways to more effectively communicate with people learning your language
Tips for working with English Language Learners (ELL's)
Gestures and body language variation across cultures
Intercultural conflict—different norms for behavior in a confrontation
Perceptions of disability and accommodation across different cultures
Appropriate gift-giving in the US versus elsewhere
Intercultural communication:cultural perception differences between supervisor and employees
International culture through the arts (cinema, literature, visual)
For more information or to request help for yourself, your work group, or others, please contact Staff Language and Culture Services:
Corinne J. Stanley, Facilitator
(319) 335-5822 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also be able to find the help that you need right now by reviewing the Language and Culture Information Online that we have provided or linked to.
Last updated August 2013