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Using video in teaching intercultural communication

An interactive session for trainers and lecturers in intercultural communication

Date: 2 March| Time: 6:00-7:30pm | Place: Zoom

In this session, John Twitchin will show some extracts from several videos made over the years for the BBC and other broadcasting companies, to demonstrate use of documentary video in teaching intercultural communication. None of the on-screen participants are actors; nothing is scripted; the videos show spontaneous exchanges between real people in their normal work roles in meetings, negotiations, interviews, etc. John will include some examples of interactive usage of such video materials. Information on which DVD copies can be made available – each with downloadable users’ manual setting out pre-viewing exercises, pause points and post viewing analysis and follow-up discussion – will be available after the session from cicd.jt@gmail.com

John Twitchin is Director of the Centre for Intercultural Development.  John has had a long career as senior producer in BBC TV Continuing Education Dept., in charge of intercultural output. He has produced a range of training documentary films on the awareness and skills of intercultural communication – first broadcast by BBC.  He has delivered many training sessions on intercultural communication for international managers, as well as training workshops on social inclusion for managers and front-line staff of public services and voluntary agencies.

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