Didactical TOOLKIT International Classroom

Reconciling the International Classroom Dilemma
Designing an international strategy that works in the domestic classroom. 

Do you sometimes feel that your instructions are misunderstood in the international classroom? Would you like to improve your teaching performance and student output?

This workshop looks how to bridge the gap between cultures so there are no shocks and surprises at the end of the semester.

We will look at creating synergy in the international classroom, focussing on the following areas:

• Lectures in an international classroom
• Problem-based learning and learning groups/buddies
• Seminars and tutorials
• Grading and assessment

​• Understand the differences in educational backgrounds, teaching and student behaviour across cultures
• Establish ways of encouraging interaction between (Dutch and international) students
• Adapt assignments and assessments for use in the international classroom to achieve higher participation and better results
• Nurture a diverse culture of critical thinking
• Co-create a toolkit for an effective international classroom environment

• Encourage participation from incoming students into the domestic classroom
• Promote cross-cultural collaboration in the classroom
• Support the institutional profile as well as creating valuable synergy from diversity in the classroom
• Design a toolkit that can be applied to teaching in a global context

Mid-high (B2 CEFR)

Vanessa Paisley is a UK-based intercultural trainer and relocation specialist, supporting professionals at all stages of their career to work and communicate effectively across cultures.

She conducts workshops in English and German across all levels of seniority in educational establishments and industry, including professional services, hotel and catering, technology, luxury travel, media and sport.

Based in the UK, Vanessa is also a regular lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Vorarlberg (FHV), Austria where she has been facilitating a cross-cultural exchange program known as Xplore India and Xplore Russia for 10 years.

In this program Vanessa pre-teaches intercultural communication theory at home in the domestic classroom before accompanying students to BULMIM New Delhi and Chelyabinsk State University, taking learning beyond the textbook and working as part of a multicultural team of Austrian, Russian, German, British and Indian academic staff. She has first-hand experience of dealing with the challenges presented by an international learning environment.

Before embarking on a career in Intercultural Communication Vanessa worked in radio journalism and teaching English as a foreign language.

  • Certified TIP (The International Profiler) coach, UK
  • Certified DPI (Developing People Internationally) trainer, UK
  • Cert TESOL, Teaching English as a Second Other Language (distinction)
  • Masters in Communication Studies, Sheffield Hallam University

For whom: 
Lecturers who teach both domestic and international students in English

Amount of participants:
12 max

Duration:
09:00 – 17:00

Cost:
upon request

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