I always find that discussing cultural rules and norms with students is a particularly popular topic. The following ideas encourage student engagement with different cultural rules and norms, promoting self-reflection on personal cultural backgrounds and traditions. Some of these ideas for the DRGC Learning Outcome work better with multi-cultural classes but there are always opportunities to link up schools if you are interested in a particular culture.
Cultural Exchange Projects: Pair students from different cultural backgrounds and encourage them to collaborate on a cultural exchange project. Students can exchange information about their own cultures, including traditions, celebrations, values, and daily life practices. This project fosters mutual respect and appreciation for diverse cultures.
Cultural Reflection Journals: Allocate regular time for students to maintain cultural reflection journals. In these journals, students can record their experiences, observations, and reflections on different cultural encounters. Encourage students to consider how their own cultural background influences their perceptions, values, and behaviours.
Cultural Interviews: Assign students to conduct interviews with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. They can prepare interview questions about cultural traditions, norms, and values. These interviews provide first hand insights into different cultures and allow students to practice active listening and effective communication skills.
Cultural Comparisons: Encourage students to research and compare cultural norms and practices between different countries or regions. They can explore topics such as greetings, family structures, education systems, or communication styles. This activity encourages critical thinking and understanding of cultural diversity.
Virtual Cultural Tours: Take advantage of virtual resources to provide students with opportunities to virtually explore different cultural environments. Online platforms, such as virtual museum tours or interactive cultural exhibits, allow students to engage with various aspects of different cultures.
Literature and Media Analysis: Select literary works or media pieces from different cultures and assign them as reading or viewing material. Afterward, facilitate discussions where students can analyse the cultural themes, norms, and values portrayed in the texts. Encourage them to reflect on how these cultural elements compare to their own experiences.
Culturally Diverse Classroom Decor: Create a culturally inclusive classroom environment by displaying decorations, posters, and artefacts representing diverse cultures. This encourages students to appreciate and celebrate different cultural backgrounds and traditions.
Community Engagement: Encourage students to participate in community events or activities that celebrate diverse cultures. This involvement allows students to interact with individuals from different backgrounds and gain first-hand experience of cultural norms and practices.