Increasing teachers’ intercultural competences - TENERIFE (Spain)

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In more and more globalized and multicultural societies, teachers need to upgrade their cross-cultural competences. In this course, teachers will reflect on concepts such as ethnocentrism, racism, discrimination, segregation etc. and get insights Geert Hofstede’s studies on cultural differences.

Taking into account the current situation with migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and adults with low incomes, teachers need to improve their cultural understanding and flexibility skills. In this course, teachers will improve their intercultural communication skills, empathy, tolerance and mental and behavioral flexibility. They will also discuss and reflect on concepts such as ethnocentrism, racism, discrimination, segregation etc. and get insights on how to teach them in creative ways. Teachers will also increase their cultural awareness by getting familiar with Geert Hofstede’s five cultural dimensions that he developed based on his studies in over 50 countries.


Improve intercultural competences and cultural awareness.
Understand on the realities of immigrant/refugees/asylum seekers learners.
Reflect on concepts like ethnocentrism, racism, discrimination, segregation etc.
Increase self-awareness about cultural differences.
Develop cross-cultural empathy, flexibility and tolerance for ambiguity.
Learn how to apply the cultural differences based on Geert Hofstede’s theory.
Exchange best practices with other teachers on how to handle difficult situations with learners from vulnerable backgrounds.
Get inspired on how to encourage a stimulating and open learning environment and foster collective learning.

Training activities

Day 1 – The realities of intercultural classrooms

Welcome to the course
Ice breaking: Bubble tour exercise
Sharing stories about the realities of intercultural classrooms
Case study: Refugees vs asylum seekers vs immigrants
Exercise in groups: Sculptures/Living pictures to reflect difficult family situations
Group dynamics: Building trust in the group
Concept mapping: ethnocentrism, discrimination, racism, segregation etc.
Exchanging good practices on how to handle difficult situations with learners from vulnerable backgrounds.

Day 2 – Building intercultural competences
Mindfulness exercises

Think-pair-share: What are intercultural competences?
Exercise: Awareness of the communication and interaction with others
Exercise: Active listening and building cross-cultural empathy
Active game: Building empathy towards learners studying in a second language
Getting out of your comfort zone. Accepting ambiguity.
Flexibility in the classroom
Reflection exercises: How can I improve the intercultural competences of my learners?

Day 3 – Geert Hofstede’s cultural theory

Warm-up and creative exercises
Introduction to Geert Hofstede’s theory
Concept mapping: Individualism vs Collectivism, large vs small Power Distance, strong vs weak Uncertainty Avoidance, Masculinity vs Femininity
Group work: Applying Geert Hofstede’s theory on cultural differences to the classroom
Finger painting exercise to create a stimulating and engaging learning environment
Exchanging other examples of visual arts techniques for adults and seniors
Group reflection: How can I adapt this understanding of cultural differences to my teaching?

Day 4 – Teaching intercultural skills

Warm up and group division exercises
Group reflection: Ethnocentrism and the causes of class segregation
Introduction to art-based techniques to teach interculturality
Overview of different materials and styles to make collages
Collaborative collage exercise: What is diversity?
Using body movement and non-verbal exercises
Collaborative drawing exercise: Reflections on cultural differences
Group reflection: How can I use collage techniques in my class?

Day 5 – Networking and closing

Energizer and quiz with Kahoot
Group dynamics: Networking skills
Open discussion on possible future collaborations and planning follow up activities
Summary of key learning points
Final course evaluation and feedback
Validation of learning outcomes and handling certificates
Cultural activity or guided visit (optional)

Course organiser
Asociacion Educativa EDUPLUS
San Cristobal de La Laguna, Spain

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Upcoming sessions

11.10.2021 > 15.10.2021
08.11.2021 > 12.11.2021
13.12.2021 > 17.12.2021
14.11.2022 > 18.11.2022

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