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Activities

Intercultural Understanding

Exercises and SimulationsOpens in new window

Games and simulations to enrich the classroom experience, Academy of International Business.


Curriculum BuildingOpens in new window

Grades 8-12. The Curriculum Crafter® Tool assists schools and districts in improving student achievement by providing a robust curriculum with embedded resources, lessons, assessments, differentiation strategies, project-based learning, embedded technology, 21st century skills and more. Kent ISD.


Introduction to Cultural DiversityOpens in new window

General audience. Encourages students to think about different perspectives. Encourages discussion on how we relate to others, similarities between cultures, and commonalities in worldviews. Materials and exercises are available. National Museum of the American Indian.


Cultural Diversity in the United StatesOpens in new window

Students learn about several different metaphors that have been used to describe cultural diversity in the United States.


Internationalizing Teacher EducationOpens in new window

Explore the numerous resources NAFSA has to offer related to Internationalizing Teacher Education. This library includes case studies, curriculum plans, presentation recaps, and a link to the My Cultural Awareness Profile (myCAP).


My Cultural Awareness Profile (myCAP)Opens in new window

My Cultural Awareness Profile (myCAP) is a cultural awareness self-reflection tool for use by and with preservice teachers. NAFSA: Association of International Educators.


Internationalizing Teacher Education: Online ResourcesOpens in new window

Online resources for teacher educators and teachers, including knowledge bases and model practices to help you internationalize your courses and programs. NAFSA: Association of International Educators.


Teacher Education Course Syllabi and Curriculum PlansOpens in new window

Internationalized courses and curricula come in many forms. They may include course modules on global issues and awareness, the shaping of all courses to include an international and intercultural dimension, the inclusion of texts about teaching written outside the United States, experiential learning or teaching in the local community or abroad, and many more approaches. NAFSA: Association of International Educators.


Classroom Ideas for Teachers (PDF)*

Grade levels 9–12. Suggestions for classroom activities to promote intercultural understanding. Developed by Jason LaFay, English Teacher, DeWitt High School, DeWitt, Michigan.


Advertising Storyboard: Teacher's Guide (PDF)*

Grade levels 9–12. An activity for students to learn about other country's products, advertising techniques and market demographics using traditional and nontraditional forms of media. Developed by Jason LaFay, English Teacher, DeWitt High School, DeWitt, Michigan.


Tourist Map: Teacher's Guide (PDF)*

Grade levels 9–12. An activity for students to develop research skills using traditional and nontraditional forms of media. Developed by Jason LaFay, English Teacher, DeWitt High School, DeWitt, Michigan.


CyberFair 2014Opens in new window

Grade levels 6–12. International Schools CyberFair is an award-winning authentic learning program used by schools and youth organizations around the world. Youth conduct research and publish their findings on the Web. Recognition is given to the best projects in each of eight categories. This program encourages youth to become community ambassadors by working collaboratively and using technology to share what they have learned. Students evaluate each other's projects by using a unique online evaluation tool.


CultureQuestOpens in new window

Grade levels 6–12. Inquiry-based research projects, undertaken by teachers and students in a particular class, and result in educational websites that are of use and of interest to other students. The Resources Section describes the steps in that process. Teaching guide is included.


Building Bridges, A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural UnderstandingOpens in new window

Grade levels 6–12. This booklet provides short, adaptable lesson plans and activities that build cross-cultural awareness, respect, and communication in your classroom. Lessons are flexible, easy to use, and standards-based. The introduction explains more about the purpose of the book, the terms used, the standards addressed, and more.


Friendship through EducationOpens in new window

Grade levels 6–12. This consortium of organizations is committed to creating opportunities that facilitate interactions between youth worldwide, building an understanding between nations and a bond between humanity. A description of their current interactions is provided.


Pop Culture Project (PDF)*

Grades 9-12. An activity for students to gain insight into another culture by viewing two movies and discussing the similarities and differences. Developed by students from DeWitt High School, DeWitt, Michigan.


Chinese Pop Culture & Cuisine (PDF)*

Grades 9-12. An Activity for students to study various aspects of the Chinese pop culture and cuisine. Developed by students from DeWitt High School, DeWitt, Michigan.


Historical Evolution (PDF)*

Grades 9-12. An activity for students to learn research techniques, understand the historical evolution of China and the U.S. and draw connections between Chinese and American history. Developed by students from DeWitt High School, DeWitt, Michigan.


Role Play (PDF)*

Grades 9-12. An activity for students that will help them understand why their assumptions about a culture may or may ot be valid. Developed by students from DeWitt High School, DeWitt, Michigan.


Skype Project (PDF)*

Grades 9-12. An activity for students to talk directly with Chinese students about the film "The Dialogue" via Skype. Developed by students from DeWitt High School, DeWitt, Michigan.


Roundtable Discussion Panel (PDF)*

Grades 9-12. An activity for students to gain an understanding and appreciation for those who appear to be different from them. Developed by United States Creativity Group.


Other Resources

Websites for High School Teachers (PDF)*

Grade levels 9–12. A compiled list of web-based resources for intercultural communication discussions for teachers. Developed by Dawn Stark, Japanese language teacher, Everett High School, Lansing, Michigan.

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