Part of the argument in favour of empathy is that we are born empathetic creatures. However there are also other forces acting in the opposite direction. These lead to stereotyping as a sort of default behaviour when we don’t know anything else about the person or people standing in front […]

Stereotyping: just lazy thinking?

We have looked at how cultural differences reflect differences in behaviourial norms and how these norms are based on differences in the values that we prioritise. We now need a tool for understanding these differences. Developing empathetic skills is one way of getting to the root of the way in which another person’s different […]

Empathy: the key intercultural skill
How do you know that you are becoming more interculturally aware? You can tackle this question from a quantitative or qualitative point of view. Qualitatively, there are various approaches you could use as part of your normal professional development. These could include keeping a learning journal, including it as a […]

Plotting intercultural awareness

Culture is based on shared values. Values are the invisible glue that binds cultures together. You can argue that deep down, most humans share the same values. This is the universalist view of culture and is the strategy often used by teachers to try and find what binds their class together. […]

Values: The glue of culture

[For water, read culture.] We all have a culture and this affects our expectations about how life happens, what is right and wrong and what constitutes normal behaviour (“how we do things around here”). The point is that there is no one correct world view but that we all, without […]

Why fish don’t feel water

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Culturally responsive teaching can be many things. Content The most obvious starting point is looking at the subject you teach. You can find the intercultural angle of whatever subject you are teaching though some are easier than others. Cooking and languages for example include intercultural aspects almost without effort, though […]

What does culturally responsive teaching look like?

The term culturally responsive teaching (CRT) originates from the US and addresses mainly teachers in K12 school situations.  Here the aim is to increase motivation by making sure that every child feels valued and included. A great deal of the US focus is on closing the divide between black and white and […]

What is culturally responsive teaching?

    Once all the piloting is done, the M-HOUSE project intends to make its course materials freely available. One of the constant elements in each of the 8 modules is a video introduction. The course modules are shown in the table below and where the module title is linked […]

M-HOUSE: YouTube intros

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Adult CLIL in practice from At our very first meeting of the M-HOUSE project when the partners were discussing the detail of how we were going to offer a course in transferring household skills into a business context, one of the partners observed that a selling point would be […]

Is M-HOUSE a CLIL course?

I’ll be attending this year’s IATEFL conference in Manchester, giving a talk on Tuesday about the M-HOUSE project and attempting to blog a couple or so articles as I signed up to be an IATEFL Blogger. It’s a huge event and I shall be especially interested in sessions on intercultural […]

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