Seeding Change: Intercultural Learning in the Classroom

Page No.: 
Gregory Strong, Aoyama Gakuin University; Jon Dujmovich, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture; Robert McLaughlin, Tokoha Gakuen Daigaku; Gregory O’ Dowd, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine


This paper describes several classroom tasks for developing intercultural communicative competence among students. One task employs metaphor to help students analyze cultural differences and to categorize and analyze different cultures. A second task employs postcards to aid students in becoming more perceptive observers of cultural diversity. A third task has students compare cultures on a global happiness index to foster student interest in other cultures and to reflect on their own criteria for happiness. A final task engages students in global health issues in order to enlarge their appreciation of the inter-connectedness of Japan and the world.