Communication in the Intercultural Classroom
Two of the main tasks of an instructor in a diverse, inclusive classroom are to:
facilitate dialogue among students from a variety of cultural, linguistic and disciplinary backgrounds, and
promote student engagement effectively across cultural differences in teacher and student roles
See Section Outcomes
After completing this section, you will be able to:
Give at least three examples of cultural differences in communication styles in the classroom
Identify strategies you can use to facilitate dialogue among students with different communication styles
Apply the strategies you developed to respond to three case studies about teaching in a diverse classroom
As you work through the section, keep these questions in mind:
As an instructor, how can I make sure that all students have a chance to contribute to dialogue in my classroom?
What can I do to help bridge cultural differences in communication styles among my students?
How can I help my students prepare for the diverse world of work and draw on diversity in my class as a learning opportunity?