June 14, 2014: "English Activities for Intercultural Awareness" by Jon Dujmovich

posted Jun 27, 2014, 12:02 AM by Hamamatsu JALT   [ updated Jun 27, 2014, 12:03 AM ]

Jon Dujmovich (Aichi University, Imagination Ink) has a long history in designing and implementing English activities and courses focusing on intercultural communications. On June 14 he introduced members to basic intercultural developmental concepts. We then participated in a series of activities created to encourage students to question their role within three spheres of culture: inherited (universal and human nature), learned (specific to a group or category) and inherited and learned (specific to the individual, personality). At a lower level, Jon demonstrated exercises that could be used with younger students to nurture curiosity and awareness of cultural diversity, such as taking note of the wide range of English that exists in their daily life. 

It was a lively, thoroughly engaging and informative session, providing participants with practical and appealing resources for classroom use.

Reported by Susan Sullivan