This month we welcome Dr.Lindsey Macdonald as our guest blogger for the HubICL Hubbub newsletter at https://hubicl.org/members/1005/blog/2022/05/an-interview-with-matthew-goode-creator-of-childhood-saying. In her blog Macdonald interviews Dr. Matthew Goode about his original intercultural learning tool "Childhood Saying," curated into the Intercultural Learning Hub at hubicl.org/toolbox/tools/774. Would you like to contribute an activity to the HubICL Toolbox? The process is simple. To get started, go to hubicl.org/toolbox/tools/new. close

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Critical Reflection Rubric

This rubric can be used to assess any kind of intercultural reflective writing assignment, such as an essay or a blog post. 

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Cultural Autobiography

This activity asks participants to write about aspects of their cultural identity, such as family structure, nationality, rituals, environment, friends, institutions, mobility, and education. In an online learning environment, participants can share their autobiographies through a discussion board. 

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Emotional Resilience Worksheet

This activity helps participants to develop a better understanding of their stressors and how to deal with stress. It is designed for a study abroad program but can be adapted to other contexts. It can also be completed by participants on their own time and then sent to a facilitator/instructor. 

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Journaling Across Cultures

In this activity, participants are asked to keep a journal where they analyze and reflect on cultural experiences. 

Facilitators/instructors can adapt this activity for online learning by asking participants to journal through blogs. 

 

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Living in a Bubble

This activity challenges participants to begin developing deeper relationships with those who are different from them. They will read The Atlantic article, “These are the Americans who live in a bubble” (in the Links section of this tool) and use it to reflect on their own personal bubbles and how they might further develop relationships across difference.

Participants can fill out the handout included in the Downloads section of this tool on their own time. Then, instructors can choose to have participants answer reflection questions in an essay, or discuss them through an online discussion board or video chat. 

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Motivation for Language Learning Quiz

This assessment measures emotions as possible barriers to effective learning, as well as emotional baggage that is brought to learning situations. 

This assessment is available online (see both the Links and Downloads sections in this tool). Participants can take the quiz on their own time and send results to the facilitator/instructor.

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My Plan for Intercultural Growth

In this activity, participants list activities that will help them personally develop in one domain of intercultural knowledge and competence from the AAC&U Intercultural Knowledge and Competence VALUE Rubric. They also identify evidence that signals they have personally developed in that domain.  

All the materials required for this activity are available online (see both the Links and Downloads sections of this tool), and participants can complete the activity individually on their own time. 

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My Emotional Hot Buttons

This activity enables participants to examine what kind behaviors bother or challenge them, learn about their emotional "hot buttons," and plan for ways to manage their reactions to "hot buttons" behaviors. 

Michael Vande Berg created a version of this activity that is available online (see the Links section of this tool). Participants can complete this activity individually on their own time and then send it to facilitators/instructors. 

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Self-Awareness and Core Cultural Values

This activity allows participants to evaluate their self-awareness of their cultural identity and their core cultural values. It is designed for students who are studying abroad but could be adapted to different contexts.

All materials associated with this activity are available in the Downloads section of this tool. Participants can complete this activity individually on their own time and then send it to the facilitator/instructor.

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What is a Critical Reflection? Introducing the "What, So What, Now What" Model

A less-than-3-minute intro to a critical reflection model that can help students write intercultural reflections or help instructors steer a debrief following an experiential intercultural learning activity. 

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Culture Learning Strategies Inventory

Although this document was created for use in an immersion study setting, sections work well for world languages classrooms, .e.g., "Strategies to deal with different communication styles."

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One Minute Paper

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Personal Identity Wheel

This worksheet helps participants to describe and reflect on their identities in terms of their skills, favorite books/movies, hobbies, etc. 

All of the materials required for this activity are available through the LSA Inclusive Teaching Initiative at University of Michigan (see the Links section in this tool). Participants can complete this activity individually on their own time and then post it to an online discussion board so that they can get to know their peers, or they can send the worksheet to the facilitator/instructor once it is completed. 

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