Communication challenges can often be prevented if one of the parties takes a step back to reflect on the cause. Fear of the unknown is often a cause. Working towards finding solutions to your communication problems with speakers of English as an additional language is a key factor in opening a space for dialogue where miscommunication can be minimised.
By completing the tasks you will have a greater understanding of the strategies which you can apply when you are communicating across a language barrier.
Apply Your Thinking:
Communicating across language barriers
Work through the template below, reading through the first hand accounts of communicating across language barriers, answering the questions.