ERIC Number: ED384382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
A Human Development Workshop on Cultural Identity for International Students.
To provide international students at New Jersey's Brookdale Community College with exercises on cultural awareness, a Human Development Workshop on Cultural Identity has been designed. The workshop includes exercises on language, cultural relationships, cultural identity, and styles of achieving. The program is designed to help students feel free enough to express their feelings about displacement in a setting with other international students. Sample exercises used in the workshops include the following: (1) writing down idiomatic and colloquial expressions in students' native languages and explaining their meaning; (2) listing English idiomatic and colloquial expressions and discussing their meaning; (3) demonstrating different styles of greeting in students' countries of origin; (4) explaining the meanings of specific gestures in different cultures; (5) discussing the traditions, foods, and holidays of students' home countries and how they are different and/or similar to those of the other students' countries; (6) listing the social groups to which students belong and explaining the activities in which they participate; (7) describing important people from students' native cultures in the arts, sciences, politics, history, and other fields; (8) comparing allowed forms of social interaction in the United States with those of other countries; (9) discussing the strengths and contributions of students' native cultures to American society; (10) explaining the use and manufacture of typical artifacts from students' countries of origin; and (11) distributing a list of nine achieving styles for discussion and identification among students. (Contains 11 references.) (MAB)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Class Activities, Cognitive Style, Community Colleges, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Education, Cultural Interrelationships, Foreign Students, Intercultural Communication, Social Integration, Teaching Methods, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.
Note: In its: Issues of Education at Community Colleges: Essays by Fellows in the Mid-Career Fellowship Program at Princeton University; see JC 950 341.