Module 1: Intercultural communication and cooperation

Short description of module

Many international coordinators face intercultural challenges in their school partnerships.

This module encourages participants to reflect on cultural identity, values and practice as well as examines the assumptions they make about other cultures

One activity gives participants the opportunity to experience culture shock and to realise the importance of rules and patterns of behaviour. They will become familiar with the cultural iceberg and Michael Byram’s model of intercultural competence as well as a best practice example of a project based on this model. The participants will look at how issues of cultural diversity can affect school partnerships. A final activity considers the values of different groups within a community and whether these can all be respected. What happens when minority groups’ values are not the same as those of the majority?

Main learning outcomes

1 Cultural identity and values:
At the end of the module participants
•    Are willing and able to reflect on their own experience, values, practice and how identity relates to national, European and global citizenship

2 Cultural iceberg and Byram’s framework
At the end of the module participants
•    Have some knowledge of frameworks that analyse and explain difference between cultures and the cultural background for individual behaviour
•    Are aware of the function and effects of assumptions, prejudices and stereotypes
•    Are able to critically examine their own values and attitudes, thinking

3 Intercultural understanding
At the end of the module participants
•    have some knowledge of intercultural issues and therefore understand the nature of intercultural partnership issues if they emerge
•    are able to compare, to interpret and to mediate in intercultural environments.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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