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Additional Activities for the Language Classroom

This post includes additional intercultural learning activities that can be facilitated in the language classroom outside of the activities already included in the collections re-collected in this collection.

  • Lost in Translation (3 hours)
    In this language learning reflection for students studying abroad, participants "keep a record of [their] language learning while abroad, take ownership of [their] language learning, so as to increase [their] motivation and likelihood of continuing with the language upon return, reflect on the linguistic, sociolinguistic, and sociocultural aspects of language learning in context" (Ogden, 2009). 
  • Taking My Motivational Temperature on a Language Task (10 minutes)
    This assessment measures emotions as possible barriers to effective learning and emotional baggage that is brought to learning situations. 
  • Fourteen Ways to Say Thank You Internationally (1 hour)
    In this activity, participants learn to recognize different cultural traditions, "understand the concepts of 'culture' and intercultural adaptation, become more aware of their own culture and recognize its influence on their behavior, appreciate the value of learning and using other languages" (AFS, 2015). 
  • Language, Culture, and Perception: The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis (1 hour 10 minutes)
    In this activity, participants discuss the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis and how language and culture may shape their thoughts and perceptions and linguistic choices.
  • Foreign Language Can-Do Statements (15 minutes)
    This assessment measures participants' ability to goal-set for communicative competence in seven different domains of communication, including listening, writing, and presentational speaking.
  • Language Strategy Use Inventory (10 minutes)
    This assessment measures participants' preferred language-learning strategy toolkit. 


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CERCLL Collection for Language Teachers

Welcome CERCLL affiliates and ICC conference attendees! I have put together this collection of activities that you might find useful in supporting intercultural development in language classrooms, including great culturally oriented icebreakers and tools related to nonverbal communication, cultural worldview frameworks, and openness. Enjoy, and let me know if there are other activities you think should be included here.

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