The multicultural classroom - Culturally inclusive teaching methods

This workshop will focus on how to handle the multicultural classroom in a culturally inclusive way. Through the training you will gain insight into and theoretical knowledge about intercultural communication, inclusive teaching methods and conflict management in the multicultural classroom.

Additionally, you get specific tools and ideas on how you can organise and carry out your classes, exams etc. We focus on translating knowledge into competencies and into practice.
Time and Place
30 August and 27 September both days 9-12 at DTU Campus, Lyngby - Building 402, room 009
The workshop consists of two interlinked sessions, and participation on both of the above dates is required.

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Learning outcomes
  • After the completion of this workshop the participants should be able to
  • Manage a multicultural classroom, among this, target the courses and communication to includes all the students across cultures.
  • Develop an understanding of one’s own cultural background, the Danish (and other) teaching tradition and acknowledge how your teaching methods are formed by this.
  • Organize the teaching so it includes as many cultural backgrounds and differences as necessary.
  • Give the students a perception of how diversity can create a more dynamic and innovative classroom or group work.
  • Optimize one’s general CQ (cultural intelligence)
Knowledge
  • Theory and practical knowledge about intercultural communication, culturally inclusive teaching, the multicultural classroom and intercultural conflict management
Tools
  • Inspiration and ideas to exercises in the class or in group work which brings the cross-cultural
  • competences into play in a positive way.
  • Inspiration to how to put together exercises, assignments etc. in a more cultural inclusive way
  • Tools to manage cross-cultural conflicts
  • Ideas to set intercultural groups
Competences
  • Managing cultural differences in the classroom with a more cultural intelligent and inclusive mindset
  • Structure a course that assures that every student feels heard and seen
  • Composition of groups and exercises that focuses on making the students see benefits of the
  • cross-cultural differences.
  • Identification of the Danish teaching traditions and become aware of how it looks through the
  • lens of the international students.
  • To manage eventual conflicts related to cultural issues.
Format
The workshop consists of two three hour workshop sessions and a two hour evaluation session with buddy sparring and practice work in between the sessions.

Activities will consist of a combination of theoretical presentations, practical exercises, discussions, exercises, interactions etc. 
In advance to this workshop, you will receive a questionnaire.

Session 1 (3 hours)
  • What is culture?
  • My own cultural background and how it shapes my teaching methods
  • Review of cultural dimensions which relevant to a teaching situation
  • Workshop: The Danish teaching tradition – In which aspects is it challenging the international student
  • Inclusive teaching methods
Buddy sparring (2 hours)
  • Preparation for session 2. Prepare a small session with focus on cultural inclusiveness.
Session 2 (3 hours)
  • Test sessions in practice
  • Dynamic, multicultural groups (composition, framing of cases and exercises)
  • Intercultural conflict management
  • Tree of ideas
  • Action planning – how to use the new knowledge and the new tools.
Practice
  • Try out the actions that you have planned in your teaching.
Evaluation (2 hours)
  • Evaluate your experiences from the workshops and from the practice period.

Practical information
The language will be English if non-Danish speaking participants are present. For participants enrolled in the UDTU-programme, the workshop is free. For other faculties, the fee is DKK 1.000. When canceling your participation in the workshop later than two weeks before the workshop, you must pay the full fee.

Facilitator

  • Signe Ørom, Ph.D. in Culture and Language and owner and founder of ConnectingCultures (connectingcultures.dk).