Beans Don't Have Culture

Subgroup Size

Entire group


1 hour

External Cost


Lesson Plan


Developed by Dr. Aletha Stahl and Kelsey Patton, CILMAR, Purdue University, based on an activity created by R. Michael Paige, Ph.D., and Janet M. Bennett, Ph.D., 2008, Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication.
Paige, R. M., Cohen, A. D., Kappler, B., Chi, J. C.,  & Lassegard, J. P. (2006). Maximizing study abroad: A program professionals’ guide to strategies for language and culture learning and use (2nd ed.). Center for Advance Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota.



As a result of this activity, participants will be able to: 1. Examine “the range of possible perspectives that can be brought to bear on [the] complicated work of international development and humanitarian aid." 2. Recognize the variety of factors that can influence the intensity of an intercultural experience.