Transcultural Teaching for
Multicultural Rooms by Steven R. Van Hook, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org
can be a challenge for a
teacher of international students to get them to
interact beyond their seating groups, as they tend to
cluster by nationality. It can also be a challenge for
an instructor to effectively teach, with such a
diversity of nationalities and learning styles in a
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certain themes and images in course materials can
encourage interaction beyond national/cultural groupings
and create a positive resonance in the room.
other themes and images can foster dissonance in a class,
such as sex, religion, nationalism and humor. While it
could be useful at times to rely on discordant themes to
encourage classroom interaction, instructors may find it a
hazardous environment to maintain.
The video clip
below briefly summarizes
themes such as babies, animals, relationships, sports,
life cycles, and water might be applied to subject matter
in international and multicultural settings for more
effective teaching and learning.