In your description of the interview, include the following information:
• The name of the person and his or her relationship to you.
• Why you chose this person to interview.
• The interview subject’s cultural background and the culture and/or subcultures to which he or she belongs.
• A list of at least six questions you intend to ask in the interview
Conduct an extensive oral history interview with a person who is somewhat older than you and from a culture or subgroup that you are not a member of. This person can be a relative or acquaintance who is from a different generation. It can be someone who immigrated to this country either recently or some time ago. Or, it can be someone who belongs to a different subgroup from you and whose cultural experiences you believe would be very different from your own. Obtain permission from the person you are interviewing to record the conversation (either an audio or a video and audio recording) or to take handwritten notes during the interview.
Your overarching goals during the oral history interview are as follows:
1. To learn more about the culture and subcultures to which your interview subject belongs.
2. To determine what issues they encountered in terms of intercultural communications.
3. To relate concepts you have studied in this course to the experiences of this person.
After you have conducted the interview, review your recording or your notes and write a paper in which you discuss aspects of this person’s culture and/or subcultures and communication issues related to his or her cultural identity. In the paper, you must also include the following:
1. The name of the person and his or her relationship to you.
2. The interview subject’s cultural background and the culture and/or subcultures to which he or she belongs.
3. At least six questions from the following list. You may add additional questions or other questions not on this list, if you wish. Remember, though, that the focus of your paper must be on intercultural communication issues.
o How far back in time can the person remember? What is his or her first childhood memory? (Consider how it reflects the interview subject’s culture or subculture?)
o What does the person remember of the experience of being an immigrant or a subgroup member in that time?
o Which impressions or experiences from that time are most vivid to him or her today?
o If he or she immigrated to this country, what was the country of origin like in terms of geography, government, transportation, economic system, and education system? If he or she were raised in this country, what were these aspects of life like during their childhood?
o What does the person recall of the communication with members of the dominant culture? What barriers to effective communication did he or she encounter?
o In the United States today, what is different in his or her life in terms of language, religion, family customs, diet, recreation, and work, as compared to childhood?
o What role did the news media play in the interview subject’s life and in either supporting or contesting the intereview subject’s views of his or her culture? How did the media influence his or her individual beliefs and opinions about males and females, masculinity and femininity, and other aspects of gender belief systems and views about race and ethnicity? (Cite specific examples he or she gives you regarding these two specific issues.)
o If your interview subject spoke a different native language, ask him or her to discuss differences between that language and English. (Consider the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.)
o What are some of the most significant differences in day-to-day life in the past versus today?
4. From this interview, what can you conclude about important values in you interview subject’s early life?
Your paper should be written in paragraph form, not in a question and answer format. Thus, you must weave the information you present into a coherent narrative form, paraphrasing the information gleaned from the interview or using direct quotations from your interview subject, as appropriate. Your primary sources of information for this paper will be the interview subject and the course text. However, your assignment is not merely to describe the conversations you had with this person but also to critically evaluate what you learned from them and to tie this information to concepts you have studied in this course about culture and intercultural communication.
To meet this objective, you must relate ideas you learned during the interview to material you have studied in the text or other course resources and supplement your textbook and course resources by researching at least one key cultural issue, in greater depth, using the Ashford University Library and/or the Internet.
This paper is designated as a *Portfolio Project*
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:
• Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
• Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
• Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
The paper is logically organized with a well-written introduction, thesis statement, and conclusion
Comprehensively describes the interviewee, the interviewee’s relationship to the interviewer, and the interviewee’s cultural background.
Provides a comprehensive narrative of the information from the interview. At least six wholly appropriate questions from the list provided were addressed in the paper. Intercultural communication issues are the clear focus of the paper. Specific examples and direct quotations are appropriately utilized.
Provides a thorough and detailed conclusion regarding the important values in the interviewee’s early life. The main ideas of the conclusion are supported with relevant and specific examples.
Critically and comprehensively evaluates what was learned from interviewee and course concepts about culture and intercultural communication. Accurately and completely relates ideas learned during interview to scholarly material regarding at least one key cultural issue.
Exceptionally effective use of the draft feedback in the development of the final paper
This essay did not incorporate the feedback made on the draft. Receiving feedback on your writing is one of the most effective ways to improve as a writer. Not only does feedback provide suggestions for improvement, it gives a writer a view into how others read his or her work. To write well requires “getting distance” on your writing and learning to look at it objectively–as if someone else had written it.
Demonstrates methodical application of organization and presentation of content. The purpose of the writing is evident and easy to understand. Summaries, quotes, and/or paraphrases fit naturally into the sentences and paragraphs. Paper flows smoothly.
Uses appropriate, pertinent, and persuasive content to discover and develop sophisticated ideas within the context of the discipline, shaping the work as a whole
Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors, and is very easy to understand.
• Method of measuring success
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