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Cultural Activities

Before you start, think about:


POSSIBLE EDUCATIONAL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES


  1. EXPOSE STUDENTS TO "DIFFERENT" CULTURES
      Discuss questions like:
    • What do "other" people tend to do and think about?
    • What have they accomplished? What are their concerns? How are they similar to you? How are they different?
    • Discover new perspectives of the world through communication with members of other cultures.

  2. DISCOVER WAYS TO COMMUNICATE ACROSS CULTURAL BOUNDARIES
    • Approach people in a cross-cultural encounter.
    • Communicate with key-pal partners to discuss issues that are of common interest. (hobbies, sports, environmental issues)
    • Demonstrate respect for others through communication.
    • Receive insights into other people's unique personal and social perspectives.
    • Expand cross-cultural view to a discussion of cosmonaut/astronaut relationships.

  3. FIND COMMON GROUND IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY
    • Put names, faces, feelings, and personal characteristics on people in distant locations.
    • Encounter those who are culturally different as individuals.
    • Establish a medium through which friendships and trust with people of a different culture may develop.

  4. APPLY CRITICAL THINKING TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION
    • Discuss what is apparently important to you as demonstrated by what you choose to write about.
    • Discover how your key-pal partner differs from the stereotypes reflected in books, the media, and other conditioning. Reflect on why these differences exist.
    • Interact clearly, effectively, and without bias with people from other cultures.

  5. WORK ON TECHNICAL SKILLS
    • Use email and the Internet.
    • Improve writing skills.


 
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