T he single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” George Bernard Shaw

Week 5 Assignments

For the Inclusive Communication discussion we are looking at Chapter 9 of The Ecology of Diversity (Kahn, 2015). It showcases the need to bridge communication by demonstrating that we respect and value each other’s differences. It offers a variety of perspectives including listening and communication skills. Have you ever been in a situation when you made use of inclusive communication? What was the context and what was your rationale for using this type of communication? How did you avoid miscommunication or cultural clashes based on language? Be sure to support the response with primary academic research this week.

Watch this video, from our text, to get a better understanding of how communication is affected by language.

We all have times where communication can be improved for sure within our various relationships both old and new. This week review some of the times when you were not the best listener or you spoke too much versus the times when you actively were present and listened to the person speaking. There are times and places for all types of communication and learning more about yourself and others around you can ensure better communication overall.

In the written assignment Cultural Perspectives Draft  this week we will look at perception. We can all be in a situation together and see it very differently. Just like a show or ride at an amusement park. One person in the group might think it is the best thing ever while others find it to be boring, scary, and sad or something else. We all see things through our own lens based on our experiences in life. I have some groups of friends for example that I can count on for live music events while others are not into that experience with crowds, loud noises and traffic. You might have a breakdown of a relationship and one person sees it very differently why it ended than the other. These are just some examples of how we perceive things differently. 

Keep in mind the academic requirements of graduate level responses using research, critical thinking and writing style. This assignment requires students to write based on a compare-contrast structure. Editing Checklist for Compare-Contrast Paper (Links to an external site.) document, to review and edit your work. You can also use The Elements of Reasoning and the Intellectual Standards (Links to an external site.) to help hone your critical thinking skills as they relate to your assignments.


Kahn, A. (2015). The ecology of diversity. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education.

 Weekly Discussion 5

Inclusive Communication

Your readings this week showcase the need to use communication techniques to bridge cultures and to demonstrate that we respect and value each other’s differences. Conversely, words can often be used in a divisive way.


Find two examples of when communication was used to bridge two socio-cultural groups, and one example of divisive communication. You may use examples from public media (newspaper, radio, TV, etc.), but use at least one personal example. For each example, describe the context, the content, and the result of the communication. Your discussion post should be at least three paragraphs long (350words).

Important notice for personal example: I belongs to the African Ethnic Group (Yoruba Group). I’M black not Hispanic or white. So, whenever you are trying to write personal experience please relate it to a black African culture.

Initial Post Checklist: 

· Did you use scholarly resources to support your work?

· Did you discuss each area in the instruction and Grading Rubric?

· Did you use APA?