(WEBINAR) Strategies for Bringing New Dimensions to Intercultural Learning into the Classroom and Beyond


This panel presentation is part of Celebrate Learning Week  and will engage with the themes of student experiences and diversity and inclusion.

The session will involve a panel of instructors from a diverse range of disciplines sharing about how they have promoted intercultural learning in their classrooms and how they have guided their students to reflect on their own positions and interactions, in relation to other cultures. Participants in this session can look forward to learning more about a number of pedagogical approaches that enable more meaningful and respectful intercultural learning.

Among the topics that will be discussed are Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects that involve exchanges among students across partner universities to promote students’ critical reflectivity, cognitive dissonance, and their general intercultural skills.

From a self-identity exercise to collaborating in groups to produce a visual representation of another culture, students are asked to engage in different activities and challenge their frames of cultural reference.

Another project draws on the impact of synchronous computer-mediated communication (CMC) in a community of practice (Lave & Wenger, 1991) to explore how online socialization between learners of different target languages provides affordances for 1) reciprocal language learning, 2) changing participation within this virtual community of practice, and 3) learner agency as the ability to engage in metalinguistic and cross-cultural talk with language-exchange partners.

These projects help students to achieve the goals of:

  • developing knowledge, understanding and appreciation for different cultural values;
  • creating more capacity for openness and self-awareness;
  • reflecting upon Intercultural Competence activities; 
  • developing cross-disciplinary skills of collaboration, teamwork, problem solving, and communication to promote ongoing and future cultural and linguistic exchanges

Panelists will also be sharing about the technologies that they have used to facilitate this intercultural learning virtually.

Some of the UBC-supported technologies that will be discussed include:

  • how Canvas tools were leveraged in new ways and connected students with partners in other universities through Canvas Catalogue;
  • annotation-based discussion and group work using the Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS);
  • using Zoom to enable synchronous communication for language-exchange learning between learners of different target languages

This event is part of Celebrate Learning Week 2021, check out other events here.


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**Please register using the form below. Webinars with low enrollment are subject to cancellation.


Brianne Orr-Álvarez

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Director, FHIS Learning Center
Language Program Director, Spanish



Strang Burton

Associate Professor of Teaching
Language Diversity, Linguistic Pedagogy
Department of Linguistics


Luisa Canuto

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Language Program Director, Italian
Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies


Saori Hoshi

Assistant Professor of Teaching | Japanese Language
Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts



Misuzu Kazama

Lecturer | Japanese Language
Department of Asian Studies



Joenita Paulrajan

Program Manager | Intercultural Studies and International Development Programs

UBC Centre for Intercultural Communication


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*Please note that this webinar is available to faculty, staff and the public.