Intercultural Engagement in the classroom

Intercultural Issues in the Classroom

Students, faculty, and staff at Yale-NUS College come from a wide variety of cultural contexts and lived
experiences. This diversity can at times lead to discomfort in the classroom which, when managed effectively, can be translated into moments of growth and deep learning. In this workshop, Sara Amjad, Intercultural Engagement Program Manager in the Dean of Students Office, and Kristi Lemm, Psychology faculty member and CTL affiliate, will discuss how to deal with the complexities of intercultural communication within the classroom. This workshop will feature discussions of case studies built from data collected through a student survey on diversity and intercultural communication conducted at Yale-NUS College this semester. We will focus on different communication styles that could come up within the classroom setting and discuss strategies to facilitate effective classroom conversations.

Cultural Orientations ModelCultural Orientations Wheel

US Singapore Cultural Gap

Exploring the Differences Between Discussion Debate and Dialogue (PDF)

Faculty Workshop Scenarios – updated_1 (PDF) – These were case studies, inspired by actual Yale-NUS situations, that we discussed in the workshop.

FACILITATION SKILLS – faculty  (PDF) – These are some methods for running a class, that help facilitate discussions.