ERIC Number: ED218985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Providing Effective Cultural Orientation: A Training Guide.
Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Language and Orientation Resource Center.
This guide is designed to help trainees plan, conduct, and evaluate workshops to assist others in providing cultural orientation (CO) programs for refugees. CO is seen as a continuous learning process, involving a two-way exchange of information and skills. Awareness is developed of: (1) differences and similarities in behavior, attitudes, and values; (2) knowledge of the reasons that underlie these similarities and differences; and (3) skills in acting effectively with people of different cultures. The first step in structuring orientation is seen as the identification of clear training objectives. Since cross-cultural orientation is needed by all people who will come into contact with refugees, objectives for cultural orientation will vary. Typical objectives of cultural orientation are identified under the headings of awareness, knowledge, and skills. Attention is also directed to the following areas: conducting a needs assessment for providers of cultural orientation, setting workshop objectives, selecting training methods, developing the workshop content and agenda, and evaluating the workshop. Materials include references, examples of workshop agendas, a matrix of training models, a summary of the refugee resettlement process, a description of a simulation game, a list of regional and state refugee coordinators, a list of national voluntary agencies, and a list of selected organizations active in cross-cultural training. (SW)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Behavioral Objectives, Communication Skills, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Intergroup Relations, Needs Assessment, Organizations (Groups), Orientation, Professional Personnel, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Refugees, Social Integration, Training Methods, Workshops
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Refugee Resettlement (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Language and Orientation Resource Center.