Dance of Awkwardness

Moments of not knowing what to do or how to handle a situation – lots of “dancing around” and looking/feeling inadequate; may happen to both teacher or student.

The primary feature of an interaction where intercultural communication skills are necessary. We often think that a successful interaction avoids awkwardness – those with intercultural communication skills are experienced at navigating, regulating, and managing the normal awkwardness that occurs when cultures intersect.

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