UF Faculty Department College
Amy Parziale Management Communication Center Warrington College of Business
Partner Faculty Department Partner Institution
Carlos Sidarta da Silva International Program Univali - Universidade do Vale do Itajaí
Fostering Intercultural Communication between Academic and Professional Student Writers
Project Description:

Partnering undergraduate academic writers with graduate professional writers, this project encouraged intercultural communication, curiosity, openness, and problem-solving by tasking students to take on new perspectives, write collaboratively, and adapt genre conventions to multinational contexts.

The virtual exchange lasted four weeks, allowing students to build teams and produce final documents that reflect their understanding of and ability to enact intercultural communication best practices. To do this, the students in Brazil wrote country-based communication guidelines that the US-based students then used to inform their writing of persuasive memos.

Students also reflected weekly on their experiences and completed pre/post-assessment surveys to measure changes in intercultural critical thinking and communication assumptions and beliefs.

Learning Outcomes:

● Analyze audience and target their needs

● Communicate clearly, concisely, with an eye toward action

● Persuade others through strategic communication

● Adapt to various communication tasks and contexts

● Use International Communication as a tool to communicate effectively and avoid misunderstanding in different cultural scenarios

● Decipher, understand and adapt to other cultures

Participating Countries:
Number of Participants:
17 UF students; 13 UNIVALI students
UF Course Code & Name:
GEB5212 - Professional Writing
Project Duration:
4 weeks
Activity Type(s):
Student-to-Student Dialogue
Student-to-Student Project
Time allotted to each activity:
Technology Tools:
MS Word or Google Docs
Zoom, Teams or Google Meet
WhatsApp or GroupMe

Sequence of Activities: