One of the challenges teachers face when introducing
cultural products or practices is that these pieces of information
can appear to be disconnected, like bits of trivia, and possibly
lead to the stereotypes teachers hope to prevent. By using the
cultural framework in their planning, teachers can instead ensure
that culture is explored in a systematic and contextual way.
The framework helps teachers tie together the disparate knowledge
that they have about products and practices, and helps students
begin to relate products and practices to perspectives and acquire
a deeper understanding of culture overall. Review the triangle
model of the cultural framework linked below to reflect on products,
practices and perspectives in your target culture. http://www.learner.org/channel/workshops/tfl/session_05/ia_pop1.html
1: Now that you have read Bennett's stages of Intercultural
Sensitivity and reviewed the cultural framework, answer the
following questions. Try not to look back at the articles
and see how much you remember.
Thinking about the stages of Intercultural
Sensitivity according to Bennett, select which stage the student
is at based on the quote. Feedback will
appear in the box next to your selection.
1. These people don't value
life the way we do.
2. I'm beginning to feel
like a member of this culture.
3. The more cultures you
know about, the better comparisons you can make.
4. Everywhere is home if
you know how things work there.
5. I never experience culture
6. I have this intuitive sense of other
people, no matter what their culture.
2: Delving deeper into Bennett's stages of Intercultural
Sensitivity, answer the following. Below are the
skills needed to develop competence in the stages of Intercultural
Sensitivity. Choose the stage for the appropriate intercultural
skill level. Try not to look back at the articles and see how
much you remember.
1. The ability to perceive
2. The ability to recognize
3. A culturally sensitive
sense of humor
4. Tolerance and patience
5. Empathy and flexibility
as well as risk-taking & interaction management skills.
6. Contextual knowledge of other cultures
with respect for their values & beliefs
Connection: Please copy and paste the following questions
into your word processor or download the word document containing
the questions. Then answer the questions and save the document
for your professional development portfolio.
Adapted from the Teaching Foreign Languages
K-12 Workshop: Annenberg
Rooted in Culture > Put It Into Practice > Activity
Integrating Culture Into Themes
Select an organizing theme and write it in the center of the
triangle. Using this theme, generate a list of products and practices
you would like students to explore. Next, write down the perspectives
embodied in these products and practices. When you are finished,
review your list and narrow down the areas to the ones that best
suit your curricular goals.
How will you integrate these
products, practices, and perspectives into the thematic unit?
You may use the following questions as a guide:
What authentic materials
and sources of information, such as film, videos, texts,
and artifacts, will you use? How will you use them?
What questions will students investigate as cultural observers?
Whom might students talk with to learn more about the target
Through the use of assessment,
what evidence will you seek to determine the extent to which
students are moving through Bennett’s
stages of Intercultural Sensitivity?