Interculturality and the International classroom

Interculturality and the International classroom

Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Service
Date: Wednesday 11 May 2022
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Venue: Online via Zoom
Category: Academic events
Speaker: Dr Julia Bohlmann
Website: www.glasgow.ac.uk/leads/events

Teaching at the University of Glasgow increasingly entails regular interaction with students from a variety of geographical and academic cultures. While this brings enriching and rewarding experiences, the international classroom challenges us as teachers to (re)think how we engage with our students interculturally. This interactive workshop will offer a space to identify and overcome barriers to interculturality – the equitable interaction of diverse cultures – in the classroom. Participants will be encouraged to reflect critically on intercultural theory and their own professional experience. The session will introduce concepts such as small culture formation, power distance, low and high context cultures to stimulate debate and subsequently discuss potential strategies to overcome communication impasses in teaching using current scholarship in intercultural pedagogy. Selected strategies will be evaluated with a view for participants to find one that may be compatible with the objectives of their upcoming courses. The workshop is open to all and will be particularly useful for academic and professional staff who teach diverse international student cohorts.

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