Feeling awkward and different, or like a ‘fish out of water’, is often how people new to a culture describe interpersonal interactions. For success at school and work, and in life overall, it is necessary to interact effectively with others in order to maintain essential relationships. This ability is described as Sociocultural Competency.
In her presentation, Jane discussed and demonstrated nonverbal and verbal microskills and foundational skills essential for Sociocultural Competency. She also made suggestions for how to approach classroom ‘group work’ as a substitute for a workplace activity.
Jane Forward teaches communication courses at Vancouver Community College, currently in the health science programs and previously in business, hairstyling and automotive programs. She teachers sociocultural competency to new immigrants, established immigrants, and people raised in Vancouver. This competency allows them to join workplaces which in themselves are new cultures needing people with such expertise.