Reflections on interculturality

I have been thinking a lot about culture ever since we had the first lecture on interculturality. Even as an intercultural communication teacher, there were a lot of things that were eye opening for me and thought provoking. Questions about culture are often complex and debatable even among researchers.

First, i really admired the way the teacher taught and presented the subject. I learned a lot from her methodology. It is not always easy to talk about things like this. I still have questions about the extent to which people who socialize within a particular context may differ from others? In other words, are we different from each other? and what makes us different from one another? Especially considering the fact that human beings come to the world as empty boxes. Should we only consider interpersonal level analysis and forget about group level analysis. Is group level analysis meant for interpersonal evaluations in interaction considering that there is always exceptions to any rule?

It is true that two people are never the same generally speaking or at a macro level because we are all unique in our experiences and interactions. So it could be very detrimental in interpersonal interaction to make assumptions especially in the classroom. I do have a a lot of students in my class from several nations and i do deal with them individually and address their issues and challenges as individuals.

I have been trying to read more about this new fluid approach to interculturality and it is interesting but at the same time, it still has to be well established and defended. If this happens, it implies that it will stand in contradiction to a bulk of previous  literature and would have implications for teaching related courses, research process and methodology.

This is such a crucial issue that i think there should be more discussion on this subject among ICC scholars. I think there is very little at the moment. I am trying to find ways of incorporating this perspectives into some of my courses related to culture.

I really enjoyed these sessions on interculturality with Margarethe.

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  1. I think that the things that you wonder appear often when you listen for the first time about more fluid approach to interculturality or modern definitions of culture. It is just not that what we have always heard, what we were taught previously. Definitively such an approach is harder to be understand then traditional way of seeing cultures as something limited to national borders. As concerns my views on approaching migrant students and generally diverse groups of students – I think it is of worth to concentrate on commonalities that people share. Each student in a classroom is diverse and brings different sets of individual differences and life situations. I think it is good to take advantage of all diversities to be met in the classroom, without concentrating too much on differences brought up by migrant students or students of certain background. One way how that can be realized in practices is for example to use in the classroom different ways of teaching, different materials so that every student can find something familiar. Anyway, though, we tend to do it, learning preferences cannot be seen as static regularities that can be attributed to students of certain background. Actually, even students coming from the same country may share different learning experiences. There are also many differences between schools even in one region of the same country, which means that even students from the same region of the same country have been exposed to different learning and teaching practices. The same relates to people other aspects of life. People of the same background share different experiences, where belonging to different communities and each individual, though they come from the same country definitively they are not the same.

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