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June 2006 Clues to Intercultural Effectiveness
Tips, Techniques and Resources

Welcome to the latest issue of the Cultural Detective newsletter! Inside you will find a complete activity for you to use, a thought-provoking article on cultural dimensions, a selection of language learning tools and global literacy video games, as well as a calendar of upcoming public events. We trust you will enjoy it, and that you will find something useful for your own detective work.

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Yours in sleuthing,

Dianne Hofner Saphiere and The Cultural Detective Team

Beyond Cultural Dimensions
Peter Isackson,
Questioning Our Approaches

You have been charged with developing global managerial competence in your organization, or enhancing cross-cultural sensitivity in your students, faculty and staff. Your language training firm wants you to supplement your offerings with a cross-cultural skills curriculum. Or, as a publisher, your mission is to sell books that enable others to do the above. Where do you start?

If you're like many people, you tell stories about cultural differences and introduce the major "dimensions of culture." In this opinion piece, a long-time educator and trainer tells us why he feels the intercultural field has gone too far in one direction, and describes the dangers inherent in over-reliance on one tool.

An Activity For You
Dianne Hofner Saphiere,
Kansas City
Culture and the Use of Space
Japanese Department Store

Would you like to improve your ability to learn about a culture by observing? Use of space provides many important clues to underlying values and assumptions.

This article provides you step-by-step instructions to an activity for learning how to interact more effectively with Japanese colleagues by visiting a hypothetical department store. It also shows you how to use Cultural Detective Values Lenses to facilitate learning from nearly any space or activity.

Enjoy Language Detecting
Resources for Ongoing Learning
Tingo cover

The Meaning of Tingo is a wonderful creative diversion. Authored by Adam Jacot de Boinod and published by Penguin, Tingo is filled with unusual words from around the world, along with their definitions. GREAT clues to culture!

Transparent Language will help you expand your vocabulary by sending you a daily word in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, or English for Spanish speakers. English language vocabulary can be improved with Wordsmith's Word A Day.

Ready for a good chuckle? Translate your emails into Irish, Cockney, Yorkshire, or even Posh, using Whoohoo. Or, hop across the pond and translate your IMs into Ebonics or "Dubya" (as in "George W")-speak with TizzleTalk.

Video Games and Global Literacy
Come On, Give It A Go!
Food Force

Many Cultural Detectives love the action, excitement and educational potential that video games offer, yet we're troubled by their frequent violence and destructive messages.

Check out three free-of-charge video games that will challenge you or a child in your life to develop Cultural Detective skills. The first, GeoSpy, challenges the player to identify the most countries on a map quickly. The second, Food Force, asks you to deliver food to the starving amidst warring and a lack of infrastructure. The third, a bit more controversial, aims to raise awareness of the crisis in Darfur.

Experience Cultural Detective Live!
At A Location Near You

1-2 July, Chiba, JAPAN: Dianne Hofner Saphiere and Kikue Yamamoto will facilitate Cultural Detective: Japan at the (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research).

19 July-4 August, Portland, Oregon, USA: Emmanuel Ngomsi, Basma Ibrahim DeVries, Dianne Hofner Saphiere and others will facilitate Cultural Detective in their workshops at the (Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication).

22-25 August, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA: Asma Abdullah will be presenting a session on Innovative Tools in Facilitating Cultural Literacy training, and will include the Cultural Detective Method, at the IFTDO Conference (International Federation of Training and Development Organizations).

31 August-1 September, SINGAPORE: Barbara Pirie will present at the IFTDO as well as the Asian Facilitators Conference, including Cultural Detective in her session on global facilitator competencies.

We hope to see you at one of these events!

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