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Group learning of language barriers
Language is the most important communication channel through we use to communicate and obtain our needed information in our daily life as well as in our work life. From this meaningful group study I have learnt a lot regarding the communication skills and how to overcome the language barriers.
2. Group considerations
Several of us had formed a group as requested to study a topic that we are interested about. After friendly discussion, we had all agreed to choose the topic of “language barriers” which we had not planned for at the very beginning. And there are several reasons that we choose this topic:
First of all, our group and also our classroom provide the most suitable environment for studying the language barriers because we have a lot of foreigners from different countries and cultural backgrounds, and under such environment, the issue of language barriers becomes more obvious than in other situation; secondly, by studying the language barriers, we can understand why some misunderstandings could be caused; and last but not least, we could also try to conclude the helpful solutions to help with the resolution of the language barriers in our study and future work life.
And in order for every of us to understanding the necessity to study this issue as well as making every of us better understand the common existence of the language barriers, we had played a game of “information transmission” in which we transferred a piece of information from one to another one and after the transmission through all the members, the results were within our expectation that original information had been seriously distorted. Hence we become aware that
3. Individual learning process
Through the group study in term of a lot of talking, communication, playing games and and presentations, I guess each of us does learn much from the group study, in the following I will talk about my personal understanding of the issue of language barriers before and after the event.
3.1 Understanding of language barrier before the learning event
In my beginning understanding of the language barriers, always believe that the personal knowledge differences in term of different education level and language skills will make the language barrier inevitable.
In addition, I did think that language barrier will not have too much influence over our actual business work because language communication will be enhanced by other forms of nonverbal expression such as body language which accounts for a large part of our daily communication needs according to many studies and reports. Though some of these understandings are not absolutely wrong, our group study did provide some new perspectives in understand the
3.2 Knowledges and skills obtained from the learning event
I have learnt several skills and techniques through this group study to tackle the language barriers.
3.2.1 The active listening
The active listening is an essential skill in our daily life communication when talk to other people. It is a basic requirement that we learn how becoming a better listener which can increase our productivity, and improve our relationships with the audience which we have relationship and interaction with. We say active listening is important to reduce the chance of language barriers is because that if we do not focus on the content and topic that other people is talking about, then we will easily miss some critical information and thus misunderstand those who talk.
3.2.2 Get sufficient language exposure
One very key reason is the lack of language exposure in the individuals, this reason is in accordance with the beginning understanding that individual capability and educational differences could be one major factor resulting in the language barriers because if one does not get sufficient language exposure, he or she may not understanding some special meaning of some words especially those from other cultures and countries.
3.2.3 Build up personal relationship with the audience
We all know the fact that good communication helps build up good relationship with other people, but not many of us would think the other way: how relationship would help with communication. Based on our discussion and observation, we conclude that good relationship is essential to the good communications for three major reasons: first of all, suppose we are the ones who give do a presentation before a large number of people, if we talk in plain and if we do not use way that makes us familiar and accessible to the audience which is the basic requirements to make good friends, then the audience will fall asleep, and obvious under such situations much reduced effectiveness of communication will be caused and thus the chance of language barriers will increase. Secondly, we observe that everyone has his or her own way of expression that other people may find it hard to understand but such difficulties would be much reduced among friends. After our group discussion and also with reference to the online resource, we explain this fact as following: because friends tend to be familiar with each other and they even know what the other want to talked about before the other finish the talking. Being familiar will help reduce the chance of language barriers. And thirdly, a good relationship between and speaker and audience will help both parties stay focused with extra attention. And this will enhance the effectiveness of the active listening that we had mentioned above and thus reduce the chance of the happening of language barriers.
In conclusion, we have learnt that good communication without language barriers is critical not only to our daily life communication especially among those from different cultural and language backgrounds, but it also ensures that the information transmitted is correct and precise. In addition, we could equip ourselves with some techniques such as active listening skills to further reduce the chance of language barriers.