6 Steps to Promote Intercultural Learning in Your Classroom

Milton Bennet, from the Intercultural Research Development Institute defines intercultural learning as an “area of research, study and application of knowledge about different cultures, their differences and similarities. On the one hand, it includes a theoretical and academic approach. On the other hand, it comprises practical applications such as learning to negotiate with people from different cultures, living with people from different cultures, living in a different culture and the prospect of peace between different cultures”.

Encouraging students to explore culture in the classroom, can be one of the most effective ways to expose them to world around them and promote critical 21st century skills. Here are 6 easy ways to inspire intercultural learning among students in the classroom and beyond:

Define Culture

Defining the meaning of culture for students can be one of the best ways to begin the dialogue on intercultural learning.

Study Abroad

Participating in a study abroad program is one of the most effective ways to expose students to a different culture and allow them to see the world from a global perspective.

Host an AFS Exchange

While participating in a cultural exchange can be a life changing experience, welcoming an exchange student into your classroom may be just as rewarding.

Join or Start a Language Club

Language learning can be one of the best ways to introduce students to intercultural learning. It not only enhances their curiosity for the global world, but it also helps to develop critical skills for college and career readiness.

Coordinate a Cultural Celebration

Coordinating a cultural celebration at your school can be of the most enjoyable ways to get students involved in learning more about a different culture. By infusing different global themes, such as music, cultural foods, and art, you can begin the dialogue for intercultural learning.

Participate in a Virtual Exchange

Virtual Classroom Exchange is one of the best ways to utilize technology as a means to foster intercultural dialogue. For example, as a teacher you can collaborate with an organization which operates in different countries to bring students and educators together to coordinate interactive global projects.

These six simple steps will not only enhance your students’ curiosity for global learning, but will spark their interest in what it means to be a global citizen. We encourage you to include these steps in your curriculum and inspire your students to see the world as their classroom.

Article copied from AFS ICL Blog page: http://www.afs.org/blog/icl/?p=6248
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