Connecting Diverse Cultures Workshop
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The increasing diversity of the U.S. population provides both challenges to communication and opportunities for meaningful connection. With greater understanding and tolerance, diverse cultural beliefs, values, and histories become assets to be respected and cultivated. Working closely with the Cultural Orientation Resource Center and drawing upon decades of experience in working with refugee populations, CAL provides resources designed to increase understanding of the richness and diversity that newcomers bring to their communities and to promote awareness and connection within these communities.
Using the power of video as a learning medium, combined with the knowledge sharing and activities of the guide, this package provides an effective and flexible set of tools for service providers and educators who seek to build greater cultural awareness and understanding.
About the Videos
The two videos, combined on one DVD or VHS videotape, were created by the Cultural Orientation Resource Center to assist refugees and refugee service providers in learning about the adjustment of refugee families and youth to their new lives in the United States. Featuring vignettes of the experiences of actual refugee families and youth, topics include family adjustment, discipline, school and home life, and learning English. While the focus of the video is on refugees, we have found that the video and guide work equally well in school settings where educators seek to foster a greater understanding of cultural diversity with their students and in programs working with adult language learners. 2006
About the Guide
The practical and informative companion guide incorporates segments of the video into a variety of engaging activities. Designed for maximum flexibility, the activity plans in this guide can be used as an entire unit plan or in sections as facilitators and educators determine what is most appropriate for learners. This manual is meant to guide the incorporation of multiculturalism into the classroom, addressing topics such as cultural adjustment, U.S. diversity, identity, communication, learning English, school and home life, family adjustment, topics outside the classroom, and legal issues and discipline. The activities are suited for learners of all ages and levels, making the plans useful in a variety of settings. An Activity Plan Matrix makes it easy to determine which activity plans are most appropriate by age group. Nearly every activity plan in the guide incorporates all aspects of the four basic principles of learning English: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. For quick and easy preparation, a list of required and optional materials is included in a checklist format and a vocabulary section provides a list of words to use when working with English language learners. 2010
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