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"Comparing Spanish and American Values"

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SIETAR Italia is happy to invite you to our intercultural workshop with Peter Anderson, Paola Torres and Davide Floridi.

"Comparing Spanish and American Values and how to communicate interculturally with the two countries"

In this workshop, students will present their research on the differences between the Spanish and the Americans by analysing the website europeanvaluesstudy.eu and worldvaluessurvey.org as suggested in Rudi Camerer’s book Intercultural Competence in Business English (Cornelsen).

Moreover, we will use the Culture Smart books (Kuperard) on Spain and the United States and do an activity called Cultural Values Contrast to examine and compare values in the two cultures. We will then look into the different ways the Spanish and the Americans communicate, taken from Richard Lewis’s When Cultures Collide ((Nicholas Brealey International).

Once we have an understanding of how the two cultures communicate, we will try out an experiential activity in which we use different communication styles. In this roleplay, you will take on the Spanish and American style of communication and experience how different they are. The aim will be to become flexible and accommodate with the person from the other culture. Finding common ground is the most important aspect of becoming interculturally competent. The workshop will be conducted in English and Spanish.

We inform our attendees that this workshop is free.

However, if you wish to support SIETAR Italia, you may buy the two Culture
Smart books on Spain and the US the proceeds of which will go to the association: our mission is the promotion of intercultural awareness in Italy.




Peter Anderson helps teenage and adult students to use English interculturally and runs intercultural courses for companies to support them in their effort to confront the global challenge. He first trained to deliver intercultural workshops (DITS) at LTS Bath in 2005. He was accredited for the TIP and DPI in 2008. In 2013 he was trained to deliver the ICE at ELC Frankfurt in 2013. He was born and brought up in Britain by a French mother and an Irish father. He moved to Italy with his family as a teenager. He grew up trilingual and was faced with intercultural issues from a young age. He also speaks German. He has been teaching English in Bergamo since 1978 and owns Anderson House – a private language school – which he founded in 1996. Anderson House is Founder Members of SIETAR Italia.

Paola Torres was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She went to the Pedagogic University of Colombia, where she studied languages (Spanish, French and English) and trained to become a language teacher. She then moved to Europe to continue her studies. She lived in Paris where she experienced French culture and attended the Institut de Linguistique et Phonétique Générales et Appliquées (ILPGA) where she studied “Science du Langage”. Her interest in intercultural differences led her to participate in the program “Crossways in European Humanities” thanks to a scholarship in three different European Universities: she spent a year in St Andrews, Scotland and in Bergamo, and 2 years in Perpignan. She moved to Italy in 2007 and lives in Bergamo with her Italian husband and two daughters. She has taught Spanish at Anderson House since 2007.


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