Now is the Time to Be Brave: Pedagogy for a World in Transition
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Now is the Time to Be Brave: Pedagogy for a World in Transition

For many of us, the last 18 months have been a time of transition and turmoil as we have faced a global pandemic, a growing climate emergency, increased racial violence, and the impacts of historical and ongoing colonization (to name just a few of the issues that have arisen in 2020-21). As a university community…

Cultural Humility
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Cultural Humility

Introducing Cultural Humility When we set out on the journey of developing intercultural teaching practices, the diversity of frameworks and perspectives available can be overwhelming.  Choosing a framework to guide our own complex process of intercultural development can feel confusing. Spitzberg and Changnon (2009) note that among the dozens of frameworks available, there is no…

Responding to Multilingual Student Writing: A Model for Identifying Concerns and Framing Feedback
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Responding to Multilingual Student Writing: A Model for Identifying Concerns and Framing Feedback

In my interactions with faculty colleagues, an often-repeated theme is the need to support students in developing writing skills. Faculty value supporting student writing, recognizing that local employers desire graduates with strong literacy, writing, and communication skills (Conference Board of Canada, 2015). A challenging area for many faculty is determining the best ways to support…

Why Develop an Intercultural Teaching Practice?
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Why Develop an Intercultural Teaching Practice?

Blog post adapted from: Page, C. (2021). Foundations of Intercultural Teaching. Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Responding to the rapid changes in teaching and learning during COVID-19 times has consumed much of our energy as educators.  We have adapted to new methods of creating and delivering content and have searched out new ways to ensure active and…

Overcoming the Challenge of Implicit Expectations
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Overcoming the Challenge of Implicit Expectations

You’ve designed a major assignment or project that challenges your students and allows them the opportunity to integrate their learning.  You’ve been intentional about selecting relevant topics.  You’re excited to see the results of your students’ work.  And then it happens – the assignments come in, and you realize that many students have missed the…

Facilitating Intercultural Friendships in the Classroom

Interacting successfully in diverse groups is recognized as a key competency for students globally in the 21st century (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2005).  Our globally diverse campus seems to be an ideal learning environment for the development of intercultural skills, as students with a wide range of international experiences study in our…