Bridging Language Barriers with Empathy

Bridging Language Barriers with Empathy
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Base group 4 is participating in a group discussion. John, Bob, Sally, are all contributing in the group discussion while Priya remains silent.

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  • I agree with...
  • on the other hand...
  • I think that...
  • ...
  • Is everything okay ? I noticed you were quiet during our discussion.
  • I am finding it hard to fully understand with everyone talking so fast.
  • Would you like to meet before class to discuss the topics so you can practice communicating your ideas without the pressure of being in a group?
  • Sure, thank you so much for understanding I really appreciate it!
  • Base group 4 is participating in a group conversation. John, Bob and Sally, are contributing in the discussion while Priya remains silent.
  • Hey guys, would you mind if...
  • Sally, being socially responsible, approaches Priya after the group discussion to see why she was so quiet. Priya begins to explain how she recently moved from India and her primary language is Hindi, so the language barrier makes it difficult for her to fully engage in fast pace discussions.
  • In my opinion...
  • Sally develops a sense of empathy for Priya recognizing that group discussions can give her anxiety. From this realization Sally tries to find a way to eliviate her anxiety.
  • Group discussions will no longer be the cause of my anxiety!!
  • Sally asks Bob and John if they wouldn't mind slowing the pace of group discussions to accomodate Priya's language barrier, therefore making it easier for Priya to participate and engage. Bob and John willingly agree, having not recognized Priya's anxiety within these fast paced discussions.
  • ... of course!
  • During the next group discussion, Priya thoroughly participated and stated her opinions. Having practiced with Sally prior to the discussion and having the conversation slowed down made her significantly more comfortable.
  • Priya reflects on Sally's empathetic nature and the rest of the groups understanding. She feels relieved and more inclined to further participate in conversation despite the cultural barriers. This positive experience has shaped the way she views communicating with her peers.
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