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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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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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CERCLL 2020 Conference presentation: "What Do You Want Students to Learn?" - Aletha Stahl and Kris Acheson-Clair

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

Paper 1: “What Do You Want Students to Learn?”: Faculty-Led Programs, Aletha Stahl and Kris Acheson-Clair (Purdue University)

Requiring all faculty to incorporate intercultural learning outcomes in their study away/abroad programs requires both structural support and recognition that faculty control the curriculum. This presentation discusses ways of striking this balance and presents evidence that backwards design impacts student achievement of learning outcomes.

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Ibram X. Kendi, author of How To Be Antiracist, and Robin DiAngelo in 2 summer 2020 interviews together

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'White Fragility' Is Everywhere. But Does Antiracism Training Work?

Bergner, D. (2020, July 15). 'White Fragility' Is Everywhere. But Does Antiracism Training Work? The New York Times Magazine.

Daniel Bergner points to the surge of attention given to Robin DiAngelo and her book in the wake of the protests of the killing of George Floyd and considers the effectiveness or lack thereof of antiracist workshops.

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The Dehumanizing Condescension of "White Fragility"

McWhorter, J. (2020, July 15). The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility. The Atlantic. 

John McWhorter argues that DiAngelo's book is both designed "to make certain educated white readers feel better about themselves" and entails "dehumanizing condescension toward Black people." 

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"White Fragility" Has a Whiteness Problem

Jackson, L.M.  (2019, September 05). "White Fragility" Has a Whiteness Problem. Slate Magazine. September 05, 2019. 

Lauren Michele Jackson points out that DiAngelo's white fragility remains "enthralled by whiteness" whereas there also needs to be a focus towards others and towards next steps. 

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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

DiAngelo, R. (2018). White fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism. Beacon Press. 

To cite the Beacon Press blurb (linked above) about this New York Times best-seller: "In this 'vital, necessary, and beautiful book' (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and 'allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’' (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively."

The Beacon Press website also includes several reading/discussion guides and a quiz to see if you exhibit white fragility.

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A Flower's Point of View

For those of you abroad in TEFL settings with classrooms that are more homogenous... From the main Digital Toolbox page (remember, under the Discover top menu), try searching a) for an Experiential Tool, b) with no external cost c) that is not kinesthetic and d) focuses on empathy. One of the search returns should be A Flower’s Point of View. We’ve had great success with this CILMAR-original tool for achieving the learning outcomes with culturally homogenous groups: 1) exercising imaginative empathy, and 2) identifying both the possibilities and limits of empathy. It is one of my favorites because it combines individual reflective creative play (in writing mode) with peer-learning through dialogue (in speaking mode).

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Icebreakers that Teach: The Name Game and Voices from the Past

If you were to click on the Discover top menu and choose Tags, you could search for a term such as Icebreaker. Forty-three tools come up in that search. We think of these tools as “icebreakers that teach” – that is, activities that serve the dual purposes of simultaneously supporting intercultural learning and encouraging your students to get to know /grow more comfortable with each other. A couple I would especially recommend for the domestic TESOL setting, where you may have a room full of culturally and linguistically diverse learners, are the Name Game and Voices from the Past. Both of these activities capitalize on the diversity in the room to showcase the cultural values underlying naming practices and traditions in the first case and common sayings in the second. They both are easy enough for novice language learners but still interesting for those at an advanced level. They usually don’t take more than 20-30 minutes (depending on group size), and the materials for them don’t cost money.

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Forum EA's Guide to Online Global Learning

Just out from the Forum on Education Abroad is this introductory guide for international education professionals and faculty interested in COIL, virtual exchange, and other forms of online global learning. I was happy to contribute content to this guide and am excited to see it available to the public now!

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On-line Intercultural Learning Curriculum Resources

This collection gathers together  a variety of on-line instructional resources, most of them pre-existing courses, that support continued development of intercultural competence in a time of pandemic and study abroad cancellations. All resources have been "backwards-designed", e.g. they begin with specific learner outcome goals, most derived from the AAC&U intercultural knowledge and competence rubric, to advance through targeted intercultural exercises and reflective practice to guide the learner  towards intercultural and/or diversity-inclusion competence.

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Research on virtual intercultural learning

This collection includes studies on online intercultural exchange, eGroups collaboration, online learning environments, online learning design, online mentoring, and online intercultural course

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"Say Their Names" Collection: Training & Assessments for Equity, Inclusion & Social Change

A collection of free activities and assessment instruments for moving beyond outrage to changing minds.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

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Video of Forum EA 2020 Conference Session

Big thanks to the Forum on EA for helping us (myself and Drs. Jennifer Wiley and Carine Ullom) make this recent conference presentation available to the public. 

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Forum EA's Guide to Online Global Learning

Just out from the Forum on Education Abroad is this introductory guide for international education professionals and faculty interested in COIL, virtual exchange, and other forms of online global learning. I was happy to contribute content to this guide and am excited to see it available to the public now!

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Listening Deeply for Values

This activity teaches participants to listen for their own and other's values as they converse.

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