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Documentary: Crossing Borders (2009)

This is a documentary about the power of cross-cultural friendships. It follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco and, in the process of discovering The Other, discover themselves. 

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Movie: Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

The film follows the 18-year-old daughter of British Indian Sikhs in London. She is infatuated with football but her parents have forbidden her to play because she is a girl. She joins a local women's team, which makes its way to the top of the league.

Two sporty girls hugging.

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Movie: Lost in Translation (2003)

The film explores themes of alienation and disconnection against a backdrop of cultural displacement in Japan.

Bill Murray's character sits on a hotel bed with Tokyo visible in a window behind him.

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Movie: The Farewell (2019)

The film follows a Chinese-American family who, upon learning their grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide not to tell her and schedule a family gathering before she dies.

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Note: A tool created for this movie is available at https://hubicl.org/toolbox/tools/649/objectives

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Movie: Queen (2013)

Rani, an under-confident Punjabi girl from New Delhi embarks on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam by herself after her fiancé calls off their wedding.

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Movie: A Grandson from America (2012)

An old retired Shadow Puppet Chinese master, Lao Yang, has his quiet life disrupted his 6-year-old American grandson, who barely speaks Chinese. The movie is about their funny interactions and how they overcome differences in age, language and culture.

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Movie: Gran Torino (2008)

Set in Highland Park, Michigan, this film is the first mainstream American film to feature Hmong Americans.

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Virtual Exchange in Engineering to realize a learning experience based on projects using ICTs

María Fernández-Raga, Thierry Villard, Covadonga Palencia, Ana M. Castañón, Julio Viejo, and Fernando Gómez Fernández. 2019. Virtual Exchange in Engineering to realize a learning experience based on projects using ICTs. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality (TEEM'19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 689–695. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3362789.3362790

The specificity of this Project, based on project-based learning (ABP) in the subjects of Fluid Mechanical Engineering in the Degree of Electrical Engineering and Degree of Measurement Engineering, is that it includes collaborative work in teams with foreign students. It incorporates virtual exchange activities carried in English, which allow to improve a large number of soft skills developed thanks to the ABP combination with intercultural interaction. This aims at increasing the motivation of the students, and improving their communicative capacity in English. This proposal will also involve strengthening their teamwork skills, and using new technologies that are basic to enable communication between team members in two different countries. Other skills will also be developed, such as better time management, individual responsibility in the tasks assigned and improved communication for non-experts, since the work has been developed with students of different degrees. Finally, this proposal will be completed by peer assessment making them more aware of their ability and their performance in the tasks.

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Bringing ā€œInternationalization at Homeā€ Opportunities to Community Colleges: Design and Assessment of an Online Exchange Activity between U.S. and Japanese Students

Custer L, Tuominen A. Bringing “Internationalization at Home” Opportunities to Community Colleges: Design and Assessment of an Online Exchange Activity between U.S. and Japanese Students. Teaching Sociology. 2017;45(4):347-357. doi:10.1177/0092055X16679488
  
In this article, the authors describe a virtual exchange activity that we conducted between our sociology courses at a community college in the United States and two universities in Japan. They show through their assessment of the students’ experiences that a well-coordinated, carefully crafted, technology-enhanced internationalization at home activity has the potential to offer important global learning opportunities and intercultural competency development for sociology students who may otherwise lack the means to participate in study abroad.

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A transnational model of virtual exchange for global citizenship education

O'Dowd, R. (2019). A transnational model of virtual exchange for global citizenship education. Language Teaching, 1-14. doi:10.1017/S0261444819000077

This paper begins by reviewing e-tandem and telecollaborative approaches to virtual exchange which are currently being used extensively in foreign language (FL) education and presents two case studies which illustrate the common learning outcomes and limitations of such approaches. The author then proposes an alternative model of virtual exchange which maintains many of the key characteristics of earlier approaches but which incorporates the principles of global citizenship education and which moves away from bilingual–bicultural approaches. The author concludes by outlining the main characteristics of this model and presenting some examples of how this approach could be put into practice.

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Promoting Intercultural Learning through Synchronous Video Exchange: A Talk Abroad Case Study

Warner-Ault, A. (2020). Promoting Intercultural Learning through Synchronous Video Exchange: A Talk Abroad Case Study. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), 10(1), 1-14. doi:10.4018/IJCALLT.2020010101

The current study explores utilizing the ACTFL cultural framework to structure synchronous video-based speaking activities and subsequent class discussions. The study includes 39 students in two sections of an intermediate-level college Spanish course who engaged in five 30-minute conversations with native speakers of Spanish via Talk Abroad during one semester. Quantitative and qualitative data from the semester suggest students' oral proficiency and critical cultural awareness improved. 

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Intercultural Learning via Videoconferencing: Students' Attitudes and Experiences

Vurdien, R., & Puranen, P. (2020). Intercultural Learning via Videoconferencing: Students' Attitudes and Experiences. In Management Association, I. (Ed.), Multicultural Instructional Design: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (pp. 626-645). IGI Global. http://doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-9279-2.ch029

Although asynchronous communication tools have traditionally been used in online interactions, recently increasing popularity has been noted in the application of synchronous communication tools to facilitate intercultural learning. This chapter will explore and report on a study of how students from two countries, Spain and Finland, developed intercultural competence through the use of a video-conferencing platform, Adobe Connect, as a learning context. English was the lingua franca and the exchange of information was aimed at helping the students to learn about different aspects of each other's culture to develop intercultural competence. 

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Trialing Virtual Intercultural Learning With Australian and Hong Kong Allied Health Students to Improve Cultural Competency

Hyett, N., Lee, K. M., Knevel, R., Fortune, T., Yau, M. K., & Borkovic, S. (2019). Trialing Virtual Intercultural Learning With Australian and Hong Kong Allied Health Students to Improve Cultural Competency. Journal of Studies in International Education, 23(3), 389–406. https://doi.org/10.1177/1028315318786442

The purpose of this study was to trial a virtual intercultural learning activity with Australian and Hong Kong undergraduate occupational therapy and oral health students to explore cultural competency learning. The authors utilized a mixed methods study design with quantitative pre- and postsurveys and qualitative group interviews. Study findings illustrate how the activity enabled students to practice and learn intercultural communication skills, gain greater awareness and appreciation for diversity at home and abroad, and engage in global citizenship learning. 

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WeThePurple

WeThePurple is a bipartisan coalition aiming to restore U.S. citizens' faith in the country's democratic values and promote civic engagement. The coalition publishes a podcast that discusses issues facing the American democratic system, and they encourage dialogue across party lines.

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Human Values Continuum

In Human Values Continuum, participants are asked to move to particular sides of the room depending on how they feel about statements read by the facilitator. This activity can be adapted for online learning using Jack Calabrese's Fist of Five Voting technique. Instead of having participants move about the room as they would if they were performing this activity in-person, the facilitator can instead ask participants to hold up 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 fingers depending on how they feel about the statement. 

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Symposium: Strategic Scaling Up 2: Intercultural Learning in the Language Classroom

PDF versions of PowerPoint presentations for this panel will be added to this post as they become available. The first to be available is Paper #4 by Valentina Concu and Jessica Rohr.
 
Symposium: Strategic Scaling Up 2: Intercultural Learning in the Language Classroom
Sat Jan 25 2020, 2:30pm–4:30pm, Salon J

This symposium explores how world language instructors effectively integrate intercultural learning into their curricula and establish productive collaboration with intercultural specialists. Through both presentations and activities, it provides examples of best practices for implementing an intentional intercultural perspective in the on-campus, service-learning, and study abroad language curricula.

Paper 4: Increasing Communicative Effectiveness through History: An Intercultural Competence Perspective, Valentina Concu and Jessica Rohr (Purdue University)

This paper examines if and how beginning and intermediate German textbooks use historical topics to promote learners' intercultural competencies. It also explores how the textbook topics can be redesigned by using media and digital tools to improve learners' intercultural communicative competence and awareness of their own and German history.

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Understanding the "Other Side": Intercultural learning in a Spanish-English e-mail exchange

This paper reviews what recent literature suggests intercultural learning to involve and then reports on a year-long e-mail exchange between Spanish and English second year university language learners. Using the results of qualitative research, the paper identifies key characteristics of e-mail exchanges which helped to develop learners' intercultural communicative competence.

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Friendship and Relationships in Virtual and Intercultural Learning: Internationalising the Business Curriculum

This paper reports on a qualitative research study concerned with the perceptions of university business students who collaborated on a virtual and international project to learn about intercultural communication. The findings indicated that participants capitalised on the opportunity the project presented to find friends and to negotiate and deepen relationships. In addition, the analysis revealed that social interaction also characterised and influenced the learning experience itself and had implications for engagement. 

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Trialing Virtual Intercultural Learning With Australian and Hong Kong Allied Health Students to Improve Cultural Competency

The purpose of this study was to trial a virtual intercultural learning activity with Australian and Hong Kong undergraduate occupational therapy and oral health students to explore cultural competency learning. Study findings illustrate how the activity enabled students to practice and learn intercultural communication skills, gain greater awareness and appreciation for diversity at home and abroad, and engage in global citizenship learning. Educators are encouraged to utilize virtual learning spaces for creating meaningful and transformative cultural learning experiences that enhance graduate intercultural capabilities.

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CERCLL Symposium - Strategic Scaling Up I - ICL Beyond the Classroom

Linked here are a PDF of all four conference presentations in this collection as well as a link to the icebreaker activity, "The Title Game," used at the start of the symposium.

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Twitter Discussion with Dr. Jenn Simms on the Use of White Fragility in College Courses

Dr. Jenn Simms, Assistant Professor of Sociology and author of Mixed-Race in the US and UK: Comparing the Past, Present, and Future, in conversation with Twitter followers points to White Fragility as a useful and necessary starting point for many white students, who are by and large racially illiterate, before they're able to "appreciate and understand more critical and structural works."

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Aletha D Stahl onto White Fragility and Its Critiques

On Being with Krista Tippett: Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem In Conversation

Several months after the killing of George Floyd, Resmaa Menakem, who offers trauma-based therapy in Minneapolis and authored My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, and Robin DiAngelo discuss everything from willful white ignorance and virtue signaling to "repair" and the world they wish to live in. 

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CERCLL 2020 Conference presentation: "Tasks and Directives for Intercultural Communication in Short-Term Study Abroad" - Lori Czerwionka and Michael Bittinger

Symposium: Strategic Scaling Up 1: Intercultural Learning Beyond the Classroom
Fri Jan 24 2020, 4:00pm–6:00pm, Catalina Ballroom / Salon K (livestream)
 

Paper 4: Tasks and Directives for Intercultural Communication in Short-Term Study Abroad, Lori Czerwionka and Michael Bittinger (Purdue University)

Focusing on communication within an intercultural competence framework, this investigation explores the degree to which short-term program leaders abroad (approx. 100) at a large university included curricular tasks and directives for communication with locals. Questionnaire results and specific tasks and directives used to encourage intercultural communication will be shared.

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CERCLL 2020 Conference presentation: "Mentored Intercultural Learning Courses for Semester Abroad" - Daniel C. Jones

Symposium: Strategic Scaling Up 1: Intercultural Learning Beyond the Classroom
Fri Jan 24 2020, 4:00pm–6:00pm, Catalina Ballroom / Salon K (livestream)

Paper 3: Mentored Intercultural Learning Courses for Semester Abroad, Daniel C. Jones (Purdue University)

This presentation furthers prevailing research asserting that facilitated intervention provides greater gains in intercultural development (IDI) scores compared to no intervention during long-term study abroad programs. Additionally, differences in intercultural growth resulting from individual-mentored and group-mentored interventions are discussed in regard to curricula, methods, and approaches for each intervention type.

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CERCLL 2020 Conference presentation: "The Global Science Partnerships Learning Community: The First Six Years" - Laura Starr

Symposium: Strategic Scaling Up 1: Intercultural Learning Beyond the Classroom
Fri Jan 24 2020, 4:00pm–6:00pm, Catalina Ballroom / Salon K (livestream)

Paper 2: The Global Science Partnerships Learning Community: The First Six Years, Laura Starr (Purdue University)

Drawing on theories of intercultural development, this study uses mixed assessment methods to analyze intercultural learning outcomes for six cohorts of first-year students in a STEM learning community. Data suggest that proximity plus attention to learners’ developmental stage(s) can significantly increase intercultural competence for both international and domestic students.

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