Using films to learn about the nature of cross-cultural stereotypes in intercultural business communication courses

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INSTRUCTORS OF INTERCULTURAL business communication courses inevitably face the challenge of providing cross-cultural expe-riences in the classroom, and students are eager to have real exposure to other cultures. One way of simulating the feel of entering another culture is through films. This article provides a way of teaching about the recent award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. It shows how this film can be used in direct reference to concepts related to stereotypes— concepts that are discussed in most prominent intercultural communi-cation textbooks. It also illustrates how survey results of Indians about their attitudes toward the movie can enrich the class discussion and preserve the voice of the culture of interest. LITERATURE REVIEW This literature review addresses three areas. First, it reviews the use of films for intercultural training. Second, it describes the emphasis on stereotyping as part of intercultural training programs. Finally, it pro-vides a short justification for the selection of Slumdog Millionaire. Intercultural Learning Through Films Intercultural training literature has consistently recommended the use of films for intercultural learning

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