Intercultural learning


In this lesson scenario we will focus on the intercultural learning methodologies. The participants will have the opportunity to explore the different intercultural competences and participate in non formal activities, in order to experience the intercultural learning process.

Preparation time

Preparation time is estimated to 4 hours, which consist of studying the terminology of the lesson and various examples.

Teaching time

75 minutes

Learning Outcomes

After completing this unit, participants will be able to:

  • Gain and expand their knowledge about intercultural dialogue,
  • Evaluate their own experiences, behaviors and intercultural skills,
  • Discuss about intercultural learning and explore the possibilities of adapting intercultural activities in their classes.

Lesson Plan for F2F Teaching and Learning

75 minutes
Activity description

The trainer introduces the participants to the session by explaining the two main terms of the topic: the intercultural learning and the intercultural dialogue. The trainer provides the terminology of these two terms and discuss with the group how we can achieve cultural awareness. The introductory session is followed by group work: participants in groups of 4-6 people discuss methods which can be used in learning activities, in order to increase the intercultural awareness. Each group will have to present the results of their discussion in a 3-minute presentation.
The next step is to focus on the intercultural competences (ICC). The trainer presents the ICC term and its attitudes, skills and knowledge that someone must have in order to have the ability to interact well across cultures.

The interactive part of the session focuses on the storytelling methodology. The activity is divided in 2 parts. Firstly, the trainer asks the participants to create a circle. The participants are asked to say one phrase each time in order to create a short story. The story starts with “Antonio from Madrid….”. Each participant can say anything that comes to his/her mind, without following any particular rules. The story ends when the last person in the circle speaks. It is highly recommended that someone keeps notes of the story.
The second part of the activity, follows the same rules except that now the story starts with “Mohamad from Morocco”. In the end of the story there is a follow up debriefing where the trainer gives the floor to participants and comment the outcomes of the discussion. How did participants approach the two stories? How did they relate the name and the origin of the persons with the outcome of the story? Where is this coming from?
Is it connected with personal or/and social stereotypes?

The overall description of the activity can be found here:

Training methods
  • Non formal;
  • Discussion;
  • Storytelling.
Materials / Equipment
  • PowerPoint