Recognizing intercultural competences

Objective: What shows that I am interculturally competent?

The workshop will start with the definition and presentation of intercultural competence. Then the participants will receive the questionnaire in their language and start to complete it. Every question will be accompanied by a photo for a better understanding. After the completion of the questionnaire, there will be a debate about recognizing intercultural competences.

 

Intercultural Workshop I

Lecturer: Lilijana Cumura

Objective: To gain an intercultural learning experience and understand the basics of culture concept

The main goal of intercultural learning is seen as the development of intercultural competence, which is the ability to act and relate appropriately and effectively in various cultural contexts. We will work on issues how to deal with cultural differences and how to overcome them. Workshop starts with the simulation Card game. After the debriefing of the simulation game participants discuss the following questions: “what is culture”, “multicultural and intercultural society”, “what is importance of language in culture”, “what is the role of traditions and rules in culture”, etc. Workshop will end with the short presentation of the Iceberg model of Culture.

Interview with Lilijana Cumura

 

Intercultural Workshop II

Lecturers: Silvija Mrsic, Petra Glogolja Krcmar

Objective: Learn the basic principles of communication with intercultural groups; Understand the immigrants problems who want to integrate into the local community; Understand the importance and role of communication in establishing a first contact; Identify difficulties in the process of communication with immigrants.

Participants will be taking part in different exercises related to development of intercultural sensitivity with special emphasis on immigrants. They will have to fill questionnaire specially made to measure intercultural sensitivity. After completion of exercises we will present our experience with immigrants.

 

Intercultural Workshop III 

Lecturer: Hristina Sokolova

Travelling the Danube: How to Make Intercultural Predictions

Objective: To be able to predict social norms and behaviours in the Danube region based on the information from the intercultural analysis tools. To be prepared what to expect from the host country without knowing its official language and its cultural heritage.

Working with the main intercultural analysis tools on the internet: geert-hofstede.com, culture-crossing.org, etc. Making predictions about the visited country based on the provided data.

 

Intercultural Workshop IV

Lecturer: Sabine Meiglel, Ieva Ciuta

Nonverbal communication with playful methods

Objective: All children of the world like to play. For this reason the participants should develop easy games that can be easily made from scratch by using simple materials and little money at the “Europafeste” and the “Donaufeste”. All games are characterized by being easy to explain and barerly needing any language. Following questions should be answered: Do the toys on the Danube look the same everywhere? Which games that work without material can we play? How do we design our own toys by using simple resources?

Methods and results:

Gordian knot

This game is very widespread. It is used especially as an introductory game and as a group exercise for solving problems. Any amount of players can play. Ask the participants to form a circle. Let the participants walk towards the middle of the circle with their eyes closed. There they should grab other participants hands with theirs. Now the participants are allowed to open their eyes and look at the newly formed Gordian knot. Together they now should come up with a plan how they would open the knot without letting go of each other’s hands: for example by climbing over a fellow participant. The game is continued as long as the knot is being solved.

Bilboquet

For this game each participant needs the following materials: an empty yoghurt cup, a string, a wooden bead, scissors and colorful pencils. Let the participants color the outside of the yoghurt cup. After that you poke a hole through the bottom of the cup. Thread the string through the hole and tie a knot in the inside of the cup. The other end of the string is threaded through the wooden bead and fastened with a square knot. The longer the string between bead and cup the harder the game is. Ask the participants to hold the cup in their hand. With swinging motions, the participants should try to catch the bead in their cup. Especially children in South America like playing this bead-game. Particularly suitable for smaller groups. If there is a high number of participants several competing teams can be formed.

Cabolas:

In this game, we create little “houses” of shoe boxes: Each box has little gates that count as goals. Now each particpant gets five marbles, except for the landlord, he gets a whole sack of marbles. Draw a starting line about 2 meters away from the house. Ask everybody to form a row behind the starting line. One after the other the participants try to roll their five marbles into the goals. When successful, the player receives as many marbles as the points for the specific goal indicate. If a marble misses, the landlord gets the marble. If a player doesn’t score a goal and has no marbles left, he/she is out. The player with the most marbles at the end of the game wins and will be the landlord for the next round.

Interview with Sabine Meigel

 

Workshop Civil Society

Lecturer: Dusana Findeisen

Over decades EU has become a framework for numerous enriching cultural, social, economic and other transactions among member states in accordance with the endeavours of an initially closed circle as well as theories on which European Union was built (theory of integration, functionalist theory, transactional theory, etc.). Europe has failed to impose itself as a political force and has failed in the process of globalisation, but EU is also believed to have a chance, to tackle, democratically, issues of common and global interest, such as environmental issues, reversing the global trend of the market economy (Habermas, 2009, p.105) the demographic changes, the refugee issues.These large issues Europe is dealing with cannot be dealt with in isolation, but on the contrary, should become subject to large-scale public debate and real civil dialogue. (Jacques Delors). If citizens and their civil society organisations were to own Europe, they should be clear about their expectations and their contribution towards Europe while going on developing their European identity. But what is European identity?

Interview with Prof. Dr. Findeisen

 

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