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Discussion Notes, Fall 2018

September 27, 2018 Takeaways

Developing Intercultural Competence to Foster International Student Success

No guiding discussion questions were needed. Several faculty members jumped right in sharing professional experiences and opinions while connecting with the article. The following list is an attempt at summarizing some of the main topics that were discussed:
  • The real goal of language classes is to learn culture and communicate within that culture; we need to learn beyond the language, grammar is only part of the process
  • It is challenging "reading" students when faculty members do not share a similar culture. Communication styles vary based on culture.
    • Integrated the "1-minute memo" strategy to better understand student perspectives of class or conversations
  • Cultures are like windows, each one providing a different view of the landscape
  • One faculty member noted preparing for a trip abroad by attempting to learn some of the language. It was also noted that the attempt was appreciated by the members of that community
    • Lesson learned, take the time to learn about the cultures of our students
  • First, we should really identify culture and cultural identities
    • What does it mean to be from ____?
    • Conversations outside of class are useful, more personal
    • If we share our own cultural stories and model for our students how to share, they may become more comfortable sharing their own stories
    • Stories engage our students, give them openings and they will share
    • Let us know assume that if we look the same, we are the same OR if we look different that we have nothing in common
Many more items were shared, these seem to be the main points. Please let us know if you would like further notes added to the list.