ERIC Number: EJ906418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 3
Moving from Gracious Space to Gracious Conversations: Creating an Intercultural Welcoming Panel
McEachran, Nancy; Oleson, Katherine E.
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v4 n3 p178-182 Fall 2010
This article describes the creation of an intercultural welcoming panel that the authors developed with English as a second language (ESL) students and communication studies (CS) students at a community college. The creation of the welcoming panel is based on their collaborative work with both sets of students over several academic quarters. The creation of the welcoming panel is also based on two frameworks for instruction, (1) "gracious space"; and (2) "anxiety and uncertainty reduction theory." The first framework, gracious space, is defined as "a spirit and setting where the authors invite the stranger and embrace learning in public." The second framework is that of intercultural competence, specifically the theoretical concepts of uncertainty reduction, mindfulness, and promoting convergence. The authors share their reflections about class collaboration and the creation of the welcoming panel.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, English (Second Language), Community Colleges, College Students, Program Descriptions, Adult Students, Immigrants, Refugees, Conversational Language Courses, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Citizenship Education
Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy America. 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Tel: 315-422-9121; Web site: http://www.coabe.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington