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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  1. Not just for study abroad

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    We have been using the Amazing Race in Study Abroad support courses for many years at Purdue, but I think it has applications to the language classroom as well. You would just need to adapt...

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  2. Foundational ethnographic skills

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Do your students need some basic instruction and practice in listening and observation skills that can help them learn about culturally different others? Here are two new options from CILMAR:...

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  3. Doing ethnography

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Here are 3 activities you can use to hone those cultural discovery skills in your language learners: Grocery Store Ethnography, YouTube Ethnography, Martian Anthropology.

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  4. For those who like a good critical incident

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    There are a ton of resources linked from the Critical Incident tool under Links. Check out all the ways that you can get your learners to imagine themselves in a culturally fraught situation and...

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  5. Card game that stimulates conflict

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Another great simulation is Barnga, especially if you want to highlight how different cultures "play by different rules" and "define winning in different ways". It is easy and...

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  6. A simulation that highlights assumptions

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Albatross is another oldie but goodie - it is relatively easy to perform and adapt to different contexts. The learning is both in the discomfort of the simulation itself and especially in the...

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  7. Classic simulations

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    More kinesthetic options include these simulations that have been around forever in different forms: BaFa BaFa requires quite a bit of accoutrement, but Toothpicks and Cocktail party are easier and...

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  8. Focusing on space

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Draw a House is a good proxemics activity. Rather than the more typical focus of personal space bubbles in most proxemic learning exercises, this one emphasizes the differences in how people around...

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  9. An oldie but a goodie

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    This activity, the Scissors Game, has been around forever, but I still like it because it is simple, fun, kinesthetic, and effectively makes the point that students need to pay attention to other...

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  10. Nonverbals can be as important as conversation skills

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Don't neglect nonverbal communication in the language classroom! Not only can attention to nonverbals be very helpful to language learners in interpreting what they hear, but also they can get...

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  11. Conversation starters are a great resource for language teachers

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Whether you are assigning conversation partners amongst your own students, or pairing them with native speakers externally, it is extremely useful to provide some structure and guidance for their...

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  12. Assessment ideas for world language classrooms

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Aletha Stahl has a great collection of resources for assessing intercultural learning in language classrooms. See her favorites here.

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  13. A versatile Values activity

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    I love that the Human Values Continuum can be so easily adapted. I linked here not only the original tool, but also collection posts that discuss it being applied in different ways, including...

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  14. Humans think in metaphors (which vary across cultures)

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    For more advanced students capable of thinking critically about the underlying cultural metaphors that lurk in our subconscious and come out in language, this activity is great. It's probably...

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  15. Speaking of stereotypes...

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    If you are looking for a way to get students to recognize and address stereotypes, this is a basic activity for changing stereotypes into generalizations. 

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  16. Send students to the web

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    There are great cultural learning web resources out there. Some are proprietary and have associated costs (see Country Navigator as an example). The Hofstede website tool is free, but I always...

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  17. Looking for a good worksheet?

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Culture mapping gets students to think about their own cultural values, which can be helpful both for self-awareness and in preparation to interact with someone from another language background....

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  18. A great kinesthetic activity

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Language Envelopes takes a lot of effort to put together, but boy is it worth it! I love seeing students creatively trying to arrange objects into categories and eventually coming to the conclusion...

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  19. Comfort with discomfort

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Part of openness, or the willingness to interact across cultural differences, is tolerance for discomfort (social, emotional, mental, physical), so activities like this can be helpful for students...

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  20. Great video to develop Openness

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    One of my favorite media activities uses the TED talk "The Danger of a Single Story". It is highly engaging and can be used to inspire openness to multiple narratives and perspectives....

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  21. The SALTO Youth Toolbox

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Annette Benson pulled this toolbox into one of her collections, with lots of concrete details about where to find elements of the SALTO collection in the HubICL, so I am passing along that resource...

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  22. Icebreakers with physical props

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    For those of you who like to give your students something physical to manipulate, these experiential tools are great for icebreakers as well as debriefing learning. My absolute favorite is the...

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  23. Icebreakers that highlight culture

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    Two of my favorite culturally focused icebreakers are Voices from the Past and the Name Game. You can read what I wrote about them in this TESOL collection or visit them directly in the toolbox....

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  24. Icebreakers

    Collections | 18 Jan 2022 | Posted by Kris Acheson-Clair

    In any collection for teachers I like to include a few icebreakers that are appropriate to the teaching context. Many teachers overlook the teaching potential of icebreakers, which are useful for...

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  25. Research into practice: Virtual exchange in language teaching and learning

    Collections | 15 Oct 2021 | Posted by Lan Jin

    Dooly, M., & Vinagre, M. (2021). Research into practice: Virtual exchange in language teaching and learning. Language Teaching, 1-15. doi:10.1017/S0261444821000069 In this article,...

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  26. Finding Your Feet

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