A. Your stereotypes about the target group: • How will the target group look and dress (e.g. gender, age, ethnicity, clothing)? • How will they act and speak (e.g. common gestures, a shared ‘language’)? • As a group, what common interests, hobbies, habits, experiences, or skills do they share? • How will their cultural values, attitudes and norms be similar or different to yours?
B. B. Expectations about the experience and interaction: • What will the venue/location be like (e.g. appearance, smell, size, importance to the culture)? • How will the target group interact with you (e.g. body language, words, tone of voice, topics of conversation)? • What do you expect to occur during the experience (e.g. activities, situations)? • How will you feel/act/react at these times? How will the target group feel/act/react? • What activities or situations are likely to make you feel comfortable or uncomfortable? • What activities or situations are likely to make the target group feel comfortable or uncomfortable?
C. C. Other considerations: • What cues or signs will help you recognise whether you are experiencing any of the cognitive responses we discussed during class (e.g. attribution errors, cognitive dissonance, stereotyping)? • What cues or signs will help you to recognise whether you are categorised by them as an in- or outgroup member? • Which components of contact theory are likely (or unlikely) to be present? To what extent might you have some control of these, if desired, to make the contact more favourable? • What behaviours should you enact or avoid in order to demonstrate cultural intelligence? • How will you know if your behaviour is (culturally) appropriate? • What will you say if someone asks why you are there? (NB: If in doubt, it is best to be honest)