Developing Intercultural Teaching Competence (ITC) Series

3 people working together while sitting on the grassAs a direct response to Queen’s global engagement strategic goal, educators are expected to develop intercultural teaching competence (ITC) to work with the continuous diversification of student populations in an equitable and reciprocal manner. This workshop series is designed to help educators achieve the noted expectation through a scaffolded approach. To begin the journey of developing ITC, educators will benefit from reflecting on their own cultural orientations and positionality in teaching and learning, and discovering how to communicate effectively in culturally diverse classrooms. Further down the road, educators will explore best practices in promoting intercultural collaborations amongst students and start envisioning what a globally engagement curriculum might look like in their own discipline and/or academic context. Meanwhile, this workshop series intends to provide educators a space to build meaningful relationships, share stories, and exchange practical tips that help enrich learning experiences and enhance success of diverse students.

Exploring Cultural Orientations and Positionality in Teaching and Learning

Facilitated by Yunyi Chen, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, October 4, 2022; 10:30 – 12:00pm, Zoom

As culture and education are intrinsically intertwined, educators need to become aware of their own cultural orientations and positionality in teaching and learning to effectively respond to the needs and expectations of diverse students.

This workshop aims to help participants explore how their cultural orientations and positionality may shape their teaching beliefs and approaches, engender their interactions with students, and place impact on students’ learning experiences.

By the end of the workshop, participants will develop a better understanding of their own cultural orientations and positionality in teaching and learning in order to reinforce educational equity in their practices.

Communicating Effectively in Culturally Diverse Classrooms

Facilitated by Yunyi Chen, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 1:30 - 3:00pm, Zoom

Despite the critical role communication plays in academic interactions, communicating in culturally diverse classrooms often results in misunderstandings or even conflicts. To communicate effectively with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, educators need to equip themselves with intercultural communication competence.

In this workshop, participants will explore intercultural communication in terms of identifying anticipated communication barriers and working collaboratively to navigate the cultural landscape in communication styles.

By the end of the workshop, participants will develop introductory-level competence that helps overcome communication barriers in a culturally diverse classroom.

Promoting Intercultural Engagement and Collaborations in Class

Facilitated by Yunyi Chen, Centre for Teaching and Learning and Ian Garner, Student Academic Success Services (SASS)
Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 10:30 - 12:00pm, Zoom

Intercultural engagement such as group work has become more of a challenge in Queen’s classrooms with the continuous diversification of student populations on campus. On the contrary to the prevalent assumption that students interact automatically in the classroom despite of their diverse cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds, educators need to intentionally plan and support intercultural group work to enact meaningful and effective collaboration.
In this workshop, participants will explore the ‘intercultural collaboration for learning framework’ designed to promote engagement and collaborations in culturally diverse classrooms. They will work together to explore various instructional strategies and resources that help better navigate intercultural group work in their own practice.  

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to identify some (new) strategies and resources to enact meaningful collaborations amongst diverse student groups.

Developing Globally Engaged Curriculum: Why, What & How

Facilitated by Yunyi Chen, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 1:30 - 3:00pm, Zoom

Queen’s is becoming increasingly diverse with students from around the world joining the university community to pursue their education. To effectively respond to the cultural, linguistic, and educational diversity students brought into the classrooms, educators are in need of reorienting their curriculum for global engagement to enrich student learning experience and enhance student success.

In this workshop, participants will explore their own ‘why, what and how’ of developing a globally engaged curriculum. They will work together to envision what a globally engaged curriculum may look like in one’s own disciplinary field or academic context and start enacting their visions in practice through small steps.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to incorporate at least one pedagogical element of global engagement into their course (re)development.