Journal of Intercultural Communication, Issue 23, June, 2010

Penny Singh and Renitha Rampersad

Communication challenges in a multicultural learning environment


Culture is an intricate concept, with many different classifications. Simply put, "culture" refers to a group or community with which we share common experiences that shape the way we understand the world. Each of us is shaped by many factors, and culture is one of the powerful forces that influence our lives.

This paper offers a critique of problems experienced in multicultural learning environments and explores factors that inhibit intercultural communication. In addition, this paper highlights current psychological and cultural issues which are relevant to contemporary life in South Africa.

Key words: culture, communication, learning, multiculturalism

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