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How to avoid being seen as a rude, arrogant pervert.

How to avoid being seen as a rude, arrogant pervert.

  Ahhh, so many giggles making this video for you!     The number of times I’ve inadvertently put my foot in it, whilst travelling, living and working in different countries with different cultures… one story involves me being taken for a pervert (true story, seriously!) and another shows you why being told you have a large backside is actually a very good thing in some places.   Curious?   There are 3 main things you need to watch out for when you’re working with people from another culture.   Watch this video to find out what they are, and how I survived the pervert episode!   Oh, and here’s the link I mention in the video – if you’re working with adults but don’t have a teaching and learning background, take this free training skills assessment – you’ll also receive a 4 part Video Series that explains how to…Continue Reading

Why we need ‘world’ knowledge, not just ‘word’ knowledge.

  So here’s the thing.   I went to a conference in Melbourne a few weeks ago and there were a fair few presentations that had me kicking back and checking my emails (sorry, but if you’re going to read your slides, save us all some time and just send them to me!).   There was this one presentation though, that totally captivated me.   His name was Jurge, he’s a Professor from Germany, and he spoke such sense it had us all in stitches. He was talking all about intercultural communication. Sounds pretty dry right?   Most people assume that when you learn a language, you inherently know how to communicate with other people who speak that language. That when people learn YOUR language, they automatically learn the cultural norms and somehow magically understand how and why things are done the way they’re done in your culture.   Quite…Continue Reading

The AOK sign means WHAT in Turkey?

The AOK sign means WHAT in Turkey?

Intercultural communication. Yawn. Another one of those professional development workshops where we’ll end up taking more notice of the cracks in the wall than the person delivering the lecture. Right?   Or not? How important is it really?   It probably isn’t if you’re going to live in a bubble and only ever spend your time with people who are from the same ethnic background. In this global world we live in, how realistic is that?   Picture this. You’re strolling down a street in your hometown, minding your own business when BAM. Something catches your eye. ‘Oh gross. Seriously.’ *Eyeroll*.   Tell me this hasn’t happened to you at least once, watching a group of people from another country or culture, while they noisily slurp their noodles, spit on the street in front of you, or do something that in your culture, you consider inappropriate public behaviour.   Gross…Continue Reading

Harmony Day Lesson Outline

  What is Harmony Day anyway?  “Harmony Day 21 March is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. By participating in Harmony Day activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it.” www.harmonyday.gov.au   Looking for a lesson outline to use with your students on Harmony Day, that requires NO preparation or resources other than a little imagination, a white board and a class of students from different nationalities/cultures or religions?   Here it is!     Harmony Day Lesson Outline   WARMER: Build a Cat/Dog/Fish (politically correct version of hangman for us old school people!) with the words FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS and/or CELEBRATIONS. GROUP BRAINSTORM:             1) on the board, group…Continue Reading