Intercultural Competence in Teaching (INTERACT)

TU Dresden | Wintersemester 2021 / 2022 Intercultural Competence in Teaching (INTERACT)
a COIL seminar for teacher students of TU Dresden and Education University of Hong Kong

Mandatory virtual meetings:
October 15th, 2021 (Onboarding), 7:30 - 09:00 a.m. CET 
October 22nd, 2021, 7:30 - 09:00 a.m. CET
November 19th, 2021, 7:30 - 09:00 a.m. CET
December 3rd, 2021, 7:30 - 09:00 a.m. CET
December 17th, 2021 (final debriefing), 7:30 - 09:00 a.m. CET
plus individual team meetings (bi-weekly)
Intercultural trainers/Facilitators:
Jyotika Dalal, M.A., Dr. Martin Gerner, MBA
Venue: e-learning / online sessions
This course is aimed at helping students to understand culture, the effect of cultural imprinting on behaviour and the significance of intercultural competence in order to become global citizens. The course is made up of a series of complementing modules, each ending with activities that encourage the students to reflect on the contents and apply them in practical situations. The students will work in teams consisting of students from both the TU Dresden and the Education University of Hong Kong (50:50 ratio), in order to ensure maximum interaction between the two universities and cultural settings.
First, the participants will be introduced to the concept of culture and cultural models and will also engage with their own cultural backgrounds and values. Then, using these as the starting point, they will take a closer look at other cultural characteristics and value systems in the form of dimensions of culture and the influence of these systems on ways of thinking and learning.
This will help the the students to gain a deeper understanding of the differences in prevalent values, attitudes and expectations in various contexts and settings, enabling them to view these from a new perspective. Using practical examples and their personal experiences, they will apply these insights and critically reflect on intercultural encounters, thus developing their intercultural competence and promoting intercultural learning. By working out strategies and appropriate courses of action in various interaction and communication situations, they will be able to further train their intercultural skills. The course will be closely supervised by intercultural trainers who will conduct regular mandatory virtual expert sessions for the teams and larger groups (consisting of two or more teams) to foster discussions and a deeper engagement with the subject matter.

Main learning outcomes:
  • Understand the concept and models of culture and its anthropological origins
  • Understand one’s own cultural characteristics, examine other value systems to achieve a change in perspective
  • Understand the scope between interpersonal and intercultural interactions and the need for intercultural competence
  • Understand and apply the concept and the principles of the dimensions of culture to cross-cultural interactions encountered in own teaching practice and/or daily life.
  • Use the insights acquired during the course to analyse critical incidents from the school setting, putting forth unbiased and reflective hypotheses for the motives behind behaviour and actions.
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