Students desire meaningful ways to dissect and explore confusing and challenging concepts. Chief among these in our world today are the multifaceted issues and exceptionally complex discourses involved in immigration. The guided visualization in this G.I.F.T. may be used to demonstrate emotions, the five cannons of rhetoric, intercultural communication, proofs of persuasion, or theories within the critical or phenomenological traditions. This guided visualization also adapts well to a blended classroom (with students onsite and offsite) since the instructor leads students through the visualization. Through this activity, students will describe the emotions that underpin communication about immigration, interpret how emotions influence meaning, examine personal biases that influence understanding, and formulate a new understanding of the impact of biases regarding cultural communication.
Helmcke, Chrystal; Bourdeaux, Renee; and Mari, William
"Immigration Encounter: Relevance of Emotions in Communication,"
Discourse: The Journal of the SCASD: Vol. 5, Article 7.
Available at: https://openprairie.sdstate.edu/discoursejournal/vol5/iss1/7