Cross-Cultural Communication

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    There are sound theological reasons for committing ourselves to understand other cultures and appreciate them. To learn of them and from them with an open mind is to discover how God reveals something of himself through their distinct world and life view. 

    This course is designed to help you see that cross-cultural relationships take place in the realities of everyday life and surely it affects the way we serve as theological educators in another culture. It will give you some insights and principles to prepare for cross-cultural ministry of teaching at home or abroad.

    Course Outcomes

    This course is primarily designed for theological educators operating in cultures different than their own. Completion of this course will help to live more harmoniously with cultural differences, show the importance of cross-cultural adjustment in order to represent Christ well and provide insights on how to be an effective teacher in different contexts.

    Course content
    • Fitting into Another Culture
    • The Cultural Adjustment Map
    • Effective cross-cultural worker
    • Communication model
    • Negative attribution theory
    • Introduction to cultural differences 
    • Western vs Majority World


    The course materials are authored by Dr Duane Elmer and the course has been assembled by the TV Seminary.  Duane has taught in over seventy-five countries and has provided cross-cultural training to Fortune 500 companies, relief and development agencies, mission organizations, churches, and educational institutions. He previously served as director of the PhD program in educational studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has also conducted peace and reconciliation efforts in several countries. His books include Cross-Cultural ConflictCross-Cultural Connections, and Cross-Cultural Servanthood.

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    10 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the learning sections, a 500 word essay discussing how to bridge cultural gaps and a short quiz assessing your knowledge and understanding of the basic notions of cross-cultural communication. 

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