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AFS

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because AFS is one of the world’s largest community-based volunteer organizations dedicated to building a more just and peaceful world through international student exchange.  AFS Intercultural Programs focus on international exchange opportunities for students and educators.  Not only do students and teachers can go abroad learning different cultures, but they can also choose to host international students and teachers. Included in this site are materials about travel abroad programs for both educators and students, application processes and program costs, and information on becoming a host family. Be aware of the fact that AFS USA is only one branch of entire AFS organization, you may click on www.afs.org for more information about AFS and branches in other countries.  If looking for teaching resources for use in the classroom, click here.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

 

An Attainable Global Perspective by Robert Hanvey

Posted by: globaledadmin on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Recommended because Robert Hanvey is considered the father of modern Global Education.  In this .pdf file of Hanvey’s essay, he describes the five fundamental dimenstions of Global Education-perspective consciousness, state of the planet awareness, cross-cultural awareness, knowledge of global dynamics, and awareness of human choices .  Although first published in 1967, this is one of the most referenced essays for research in the Global Education arena.  This website is appropriate for educators, researchers, and students of Global Education.  Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Art of Crossing Cultures (2001)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this new edition of The Art of Crossing Cultures explains why so many  fail when they go to live and work in a new culture. Includes chapters on culture shock, working across cultures, and examples of cross-cultural misunderstandings. Storti’s core model of cultural adjustment is expanded.

Citation: Storti, Craig. (2001). Intercultural Press. $16.95.

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Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication.

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Recommended because Basic Concepts is an innovative and remarkable collection of essays in intercultural communication that includes both time listed classics as well as writing from a more contemporary viewpoint. Articles have been carefully selected and ordered in developmental sequence with the goal of generating a coherent picture. Selections include writings by Edward Hall, Benjamin Lee Whorf, Marshall Singer, Thomas Kochman, LaRay Barna, Milton Bennett, Jane Bennett and Peter Adler. Anyone interested in intercultural communication will want to add this book to his or her collection

Citation: Bennett, Milton. (1998). Intercultural Press. $26.95.

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Better Together than A-P-A-R-T: Intercultural Communication/An Overview. (1996). Milton Bennett.

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Recommended because Milton Bennett outlines fundamental concepts of intercultural communication in a style that brings complex theories to life. His presentation is both scholarly and entertaining. Bennett introduces his oft-cited model for developing intercultural sensitivity and explores in depth the requisites of intercultural competence. The following are some of the topics covered in the presentation: acculturation, stages of ethnocentrism, cultural values, cultural variation, verbal and nonverbal communication, styles of thinking, intercultural competence, and stereotyping.

62 Minutes. $250 for purchase. & $75 for 1-week rental. Intercultural Resource Corporation.

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Beyond Experience: The Experiential Approach to Cross-Cultural Education, 2nd edition. (1993).

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Recommended because because it represents the philosophy and educational technique of The Experiment in International Living (World Learning, Inc.) and World Learning, Inc.’s accredited college, the School of International Training. The book provides (1) a conceptual framework for cross-cultural experiential learning, (2) essays on the application of the ideas of cross-cultural experiential learning with exercises, simulations, and activities, and (3) an educational impact assessment guide. Sparrow’s Chapter 16 Examining Cultural Identity contains the Kluckhohn Questionnaire which has a Basic Attitude-Contrast Areas section that evaluates people’s attitudes towards people’s basic nature, life, death, suffering and pain, problem solving, animals, time, etc.

Citation: Gochenour, Theodore (editor). Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.

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British Council: Learn, Share, Connect Worldwide

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is a British-based website containing information for students interested in study options (to study in UK as well as abroad), teachers interested in teaching abroad or looking for professional development, and other institutions pursuing international projects.  An additional major initiative of the British Council is to foster intercultural understanding and international experience through volunteer programs such as Global Xchange.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Building Bridges: A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding

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Recommended because it is an excellent resource on teaching the meaning of culture in everyday life and skills in developing competencies in working across cultures. It presents both theories and practical activities through several approaches to teaching cultural awareness in the K-12 classroom. It also provides links to World Wise Schools with its lessons and connections to Peace Corps volunteers across the world. This site is highly recommended for both teachers and teacher educators.
Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12

Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET)

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Recommended because CSIET is a private, not-for-profit organization which establishes standards for, monitors, and disseminates information about reputable international youth education and exchange programs. Topics and materials included in this site are CSIET’s annual publication, the CSIET Advisory List containing information about programs which have been evaluated and deemed to meet CSIET’s national standards, as well as the CSIET Standards which apply to for-profit and not-for-profit programs, long and short-duration experiences, and homestay and travel programs for US high school students going abroad and for high school students from foreign countries coming to the United States. Be aware of the fact that, to receive CSIET Advisory List and fully access to service provided by CSIET, individuals or educational organizations need to apply for membership. Additionally, many of the resources listed on this website are not free.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Cross-Cultural Dialogues.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because Cross-Cultural Dialogues is a collection of brief conversations between North-Americans and people of other countries and cultures. Brief as each dialogue is, it has within it at least one, and usually several, breaches of cultural norms which the reader is challenged to recognize. And a challenge it is. The exchanges are so brief and innocuous that even the wariest among us, are sandbagged by the dialogue’s hidden subtleties. Ten cultures are represented by the non North-Americans in the dialogues: Arab/Middle Eastern, British, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic, Indian, Japanese, Mediterranean/European, and Russian.

Citation: Storti, Craig. (1994). Intercultural Press. $19.94.

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Developing Intercultural Awareness: A Cross-Cultural Training Handbook, 2nd edition. (1994).

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Recommended because it provides training/education materials for those interested in intercultural education/training and cross-cultural awareness. The 17 ‘Resource’ sections include simulations games, case studies, ice-breakers, and values and (intercultural) communication exercises. For example, the Culture Cue Bingo and Cross-Culture Values Cards exercises help learners explore cultural assumptions . The book includes a resource chapter on evaluating the effectiveness of the materials presented in the book. The book also includes a bibliography of simulation games, organizations & publications, films & videos, and other readings that focus on intercultural education.

Citation: Kohls, L. Robert, & Knight, John M. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press http://www.interculturalpress.com

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Do’s and Taboos around the World: A Guide to International Behavior, 2nd edition.

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Recommended because it provides tips and cautionary tales for the international travel. The book has chapters on (1) protocol, customs, and etiquette, (2) hand gestures and body language, (3) gift giving and receiving, (4) American jargon and baffling idioms, and special sections on (1) a quick guide to the ways of the world and (2) tips for incoming visitors to the U.S. The quick guide to the ways of the world gives country-specific tips on general protocol, names/greetings, appointments/punctuality, hospitality/gift giving, and rules of conversation. Also, the hand gestures and body language section is useful for understanding non-verbal aspects of intercultural communication.
Reviewed by Andre J. Patterson, 07/2002

Citation: Axtell, Roger E. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

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Education for the Intercultural Experience, 2nd edition.

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Recommended because the authors explore intercultural experiences as a component of intercultural education and training. The authors examine (1) the nature of intercultural sensitivity, (2) the domestic and international contexts of intercultural relations, (3) the pedagogy of intercultural education, training, and orientation, (4) the cultural immersion and reentry phenomena, and (5) the experience of being culturally marginal. The focus of the authors’ examination are the premises that (1) education for intercultural experiences requires content and pedagogy radically different from traditional practices and (2) intercultural experiences are intense and challenging for participants. Included in the book are articles from Milton J. Bennett–Towards Ethnorelativism: A Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (ethnocentric stages: denial, defense, and minimization; ethnorelative stages: acceptance, adaptation, and integration), Janet M. Bennett–Cultural Marginality: Identity Issues in Intercultural Training (encapsulated and constructive marginality), and Gary R. Weaver–Understanding and Coping with Cross-Cultural Adjustment Stress (culture shock and internal and external culture).
Reviewed by Andre J. Patterson, 07/2002

Citation: Paige, R. Michael. (Ed.). (1993). Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.

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ePals: Classroom Exchange

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because ePals allows students K-12 to connect with peers around the world through a global social learning network.  Educators looking to collaborate internationally on projects for their classrooms can find specific information links from the homepage- geographically or topically.  Be aware that registration is required, but access is free.  This website also provides a safe, secure learning environment for students.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Experiment in International Living

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Recommended because of its efforts to introduce the homestay concept to the world by carefully preparing and placing ‘experimenters’ in the homes of host families to study other languages and cultures firsthand. Topics and materials included in this site are various cultural immersion programs (such as hosting, individual/au pair homestays, group travel, foreign language training, academic study abroad, volunteering, multinational group travel, etc.), fun facts about symbols and customs in different countries, and links to travel resources and educational resources.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Figuring Foreigners Out.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because Figuring Foreigners Out is designed for anyone who wants help in figuring out the behavior of someone from another culture. After completing this workbook, readers will find themselves better able to incorporate new attitudes and behaviors into their dealings with people who view the world from a perspective different from their own. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this book is its universality. It is neither overtly nor implicitly oriented to one culture. Educators, trainers and individuals will profit from this user-friendly resource. It should be high-priority reading for anyone who may come into contact with people from foreign cultures.

Citation: Storti, Craig. (1999). Intercultural Press. $24.95.

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Figuring Foreigners Out. (1999).

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Recommended because it is a self-instructional cross-cultural training manual. The manual/workbook (1) provides a brief overview of intercultural concepts, (2) contains relevant and user-friendly exercises, and (3) concludes with the four stages of cultural awareness: (1) unconscious incompetence, (2) conscious incompetence, (3) conscious competence, and (4) unconscious competence. The exercises in the book lend themselves to reader/user self-assessment of their level of cultural awareness and skills at cross-cultural communication and interaction.

Citation: Storti, Craig. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.

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Host Family Survival Kit.

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Recommended because the authors of this book provide an overview of hosting, beginning with the role of the exchange student in the host family. They follow this with a discussion of the skills needed for host parenting and an expanded examination of culture. They also focus on the stages of the hosting experience: Arrival, Settling In, Deepening the Relationship, Culture Shock, the Holidays, Taking Stock, Culture Learning, Predeparture, and Readjustment and discuss what to expect and make recommendations on handling day-to-day situations. This book will be welcomed by veteran host families as well as those contemplating hosting for the first time.

Citation: King, Nancy, & Huff, Ken. (1997). Intercultural Press. $15.95.

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Improving Intercultural Interactions: Modules for Cross-Cultural Training Programs. (1994).

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Recommended because it contains modules for intercultural training that include self-assessment exercises, case studies/critical incidents, key concept presentations, role-plays, group discussions, “homework assignment” reports, etc. For example, Chapter 8 (Intercultural Education at the University Level: Teacher-Student Interaction) provides information and activities (i.e., case study examples of Japan, Korea, and Nigeria, role plays, discussion questions, and a self-assessment exercise on instruction (teaching) styles) that explore the Five Dimensions of National Culture (power distance, individualism-collectivism, uncertainty avoidance, masculinity, and Confucian dynamism) and how they relate to cross-cultural teacher-student interactions.

Citation: Brislin, Richard W., & Yoshida, Tomoko. Published by Intercultural Press. http://www.interculturalpress.com

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Intercultural Communication Institute

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because the Intercultural Communication Institute is a private, non-profit foundation designed to foster awareness and appreciation of cultural differences in both international and local arenas. Topics and materials included in this site are information about summer institute, MA programs, and Certificate programs for intercultural communication. Bibliographies, conference information, links of publication, publishers, organizations, and intercultural websites are also available. Start with Resources, but Be aware that there are costs associated with most of the materials on this website. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Intercultural Communication: A Reader (1994).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because the authors explore diverse perspectives on communication and interaction between the world’s cultures. The book is recommended for undergraduate and graduate college and university students. The book is organized in four parts: (1) Intercultural Communication: An Introduction; (2) Sociocultural Backgrounds: What We Bring to Intercultural Communication; (3) Intercultural Interaction: Taking Part in Intercultural Communication; (4) Intercultural Communication: Seeking Improvement.

Citation: Samovar, Larry A., & Porter, Richard E. (editors).  Published by Intercultural Press. http://www.interculturalpress.com

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Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide, 2nd edition. (1996).

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Recommended because it provides a framework for understanding cross-cultural experiences. Chapter titles include: (1) Information for People about to Interact Extensively in Another Culture, (2) Information for Teachers and Cross-Cultural Trainers, (3) Host Customs, (4) Interacting with Hosts, (5) Setting in and Making Adjustments, (6) Tourist Experiences, (7) The Workplace, (8) The Family, (9) Education and Schooling, (10) Returning Home, (11) People’s Intense Feelings, (12) Knowledge Areas, and (13) The Bases of Cultural Differences.

Citation: Cushner, Kenneth, & Brislin, Richard W. Published by Intercultural Press. http://www.interculturalpress.com

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Living with Strangers in the U.S.A.: Communicating beyond Culture.

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Recommended because it provides case study analyses and activities of students in an cross-cultural/intercultural communication class. Reading and vocabulary development are taught within the cultural contexts of a cross-cultural communication class. The book provides (1) practical methods for understanding culture and dealing with cross-cultural misunderstandings, (2) cultural interpretation exercises for learning about cultural differences, processes, and attitudes, and (3) project (ideas) for practicing cross-cultural communication and interaction skills. Included in the case studies and activities are activities that explore the Cultural Adjustment Cycle–honeymoon, culture shock, initial adjustment, mental isolation, and acceptance & integration, ways to identify where you are in the cycle, ways to help someone adjust to a new culture. Reviewed by Andre J. Patterson, 07/2002

Citation: Archer, Carol M. (1991). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Regents/Prentice Hall.

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Living with Strangers in the U.S.A.: Communicating beyond Culture. (1991).

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Recommended because it provides case study analyses and activities of students in an cross-cultural/intercultural communication class. Reading and vocabulary development are taught within the cultural contexts of a cross-cultural communication class. The book provides (1) practical methods for understanding culture and dealing with cross-cultural misunderstandings, (2) cultural interpretation exercises for learning about cultural differences, processes, and attitudes, and (3) project (ideas) for practicing cross-cultural communication and interaction skills. Included in the case studies and activities are activities that explore the Cultural Adjustment Cycle–honeymoon, culture shock, initial adjustment, mental isolation, and acceptance & integration, ways to identify where you are in the cycle, ways to help someone adjust to a new culture, etc.

Citation: Archer, Carol M. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Regents/Prentice Hall.

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NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it promotes the exchange of students and scholars to and from the United States, cross-cultural exchange, and global education. NAFSA hosts annual conferences, forums for discussion of issues,and a network for sharing information as it seeks to increase awareness of and support for international education in higher education, in government, and in the community. Topics and materials included in this site are concerning public policy of international education, resources for teachers and students such as training, publication, grants & scholarships, immigration advising resources, and links to governmental, non-governmental, international, and non-profit organizations and sites in the field of international education.  Be aware this site contains mostly materials related to teacher education and information on their conferences.   Click here to access teacher education materials.  Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

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Peace Corps World Wide Schools

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Recommended because this site seeks to match students in U.S. classrooms with Peace Corp volunteers around the world. A major goal of the Peace Corp World Wise Schools is to promote the development of cross-cultural relationships between student, teachers and Peace Corp volunteers. Start by clicking on Programs for Educators to learn more about the Peace Corps’ programs as it relates to cross-cultural learning.  In addition, the site has information about lesson plans, videos, and activities appropriate for grades 3-12.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Schools of the World

Posted by: globaledadmin on Sunday, February 5, 2012

Recommended because Schools of the World programs include email pen pals, schools around the world (including photos, blogs, and general information), forums for discussion, and other interactive features for students and educators looking for international communication exchange opportunities.  Be aware that while this site is moderated, it is possible for students to share or receive information deemed questionable. Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

The Danger of a Single Story: Chimamanda Adichie

Posted by: globaledadmin on Saturday, February 4, 2012

Recommended because Chimamanda Adichie shares a personal account of how her Nigerian authentic culture was overshadowed by outside cultural childhood influences.  Adichie also highlights cultural issues of stereotype and generalization.  Appropriate for secondary students, this video would serve a very educational tool for teaching about Africa and cross-cultural learning.  Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

The Global SchoolNet/Schoolhouse

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this organization seeks to connect students around the world via e-learning cross-curricular projects.  Start with Programs for teaching materials, Professional Development materials for Educators, and collaborative opportunities.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

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The Odyssey: World Trek for Service and Education

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Recommended because it features an “interactive world trek” by a team which visited  ten major non-western countries to document their histories and cultures: Guatemala, Peru, Zimbabwe, Mali, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Iran, India, and China. These ten countries compose five treks: Mexico Trek, Latin America Stage, Africa Stage, Middle East Stage, and India & China Stage. Topics and materials of each trek included in this site are Trek Connect which allows students contact educators, Time Machine which gives detailed timelines of each trip, Media and Special Guest which offers students pictures of the countries and opportunities of interacting with special guests, Teacher Zone which helps teachers use this site and implement activities in classrooms, and other different features depending on treks.  Be aware this trek project was completed in 2000.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Training for Travel to Africa

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it seeks to explore different types of miscommunications that can take place between Westerners and Africans due to the different cultural assumptions that these two groups have about each other. Contact the African Studies Centere at Boston Univeristy if interested in borrowing this video.

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World Learning

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because because World Learning, a private, non-profit international educational services organization, offers educational and training programs that enable participants to develop leadership capabilities and cross-cultural competence required to advance international understanding, work effectively in multicultural environments, and achieve sustainable development at the community level or on a national scale. Start by clicking on the Explore Our Programs link. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Youth for Understanding

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Recommended because YFU provides a worldwide movement of committed individuals and organizations working together to prepare young people between the ages of 15 and 22 for their responsibilities and challenges in a changing, interdependent global community. Topics and materials included in this site are information for American students such as international exchange programs and becoming host families, as well as opportunities for international students to come to the U.S.A.. Be aware of the fact that this site also provides a chat room (simply log in with a nickname and start chatting) and contact information of YFU program alumni and parents to discuss related matters and answer questions. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.