From a teaching and learning perspective, internationalization is all about infusing intercultural elements into course content, delivery, and support. Like Indigenization, it is a process – a way of designing courses that considers how students’ unique cultural experiences can impact and enhance their learning.
Internationalized courses draw students’ attention to underrepresented perspectives and historical injustices. They prepare them to thrive in an increasingly diverse and multilingual job market. They provide a culturally inclusive learning environment where students of all backgrounds can learn from each other. Thoughtfully internationalized courses benefit all students, not just students coming from abroad.
Internationalization of teaching and learning can include:
- teaching techniques that support success for international, racialized, and/or multilingual learners
- diversifying the perspectives in readings and materials
- incorporating intercultural skills in learning outcomes
- developing projects or courses with international or multicultural partners
- addressing and confronting racism and historical injustices
Working with multilingual learners
How can we best serve students who speak several languages? We have resources to help you adapt your classroom practices, enhance your intercultural competence, and discuss assessment and academic integrity in culturally relevant ways.
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Test Questions for Multilingual Learners
Learn to revise your existing multiple-choice questions to promote student success… all without compromising course content.
According to UBC research, these revision strategies can impact students’ final exam scores by as much as an entire letter grade. The effects are especially strong for multilingual and international students, making this a good addition to your EDI toolkit.
This is a hands-on workshop, so bring a test question or two and prepare to get revising.
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Conversations about Culture
This workshop provides guidance for interacting across cultures with both students and colleagues. It provides background information on international student experiences, tools for spotting and interrupting microaggressions, and practical suggestions for creating inclusive spaces in your courses or student services.
This workshop runs as needed. Use the form below to let us know you're interested, and you'll receive an email when the workshop is scheduled.
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