Adapt or Be Yourself

Subgroup Size

Small Group


30 minutes

External Cost


Lesson Plan


Activity created by Kris Acheson-Clair, PhD and Lindsey Macdonald, PhD CILMAR.

Ting-Toomey, S. (1999). Transcultural communication competence. In Communicating across cultures (pp. 261-276). Guilford Press.

International student version adapted by Kelsey Patton based on conversations with Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair, Annette Benson, CILMAR, Subulola Jiboye and Elisa Quaresma-Ragone, Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, and Ayaka Matsuo, PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages – Japanese pedagogy, Purdue University.

As a result of this activity, participants will be able to: 1. Analyze how effective, appropriate, and satisfactory adapting to other cultural expectations would be for them in a variety of situations. 2. Draw conclusions about the difficulties of negotiating adaptive behaviors across cultures.