INTERCULTURAL WORKING

Working effectively in intercultural groups and contexts is an essential capability for many in higher education - students, academics, and administrative and professional staff. University contexts for intercultural working include home campuses with students from diverse international and/or ethnic backgrounds, branch campuses overseas, partner institution classrooms overseas, distance delivery, and overseas agencies and exhibitions. For students, working effectively with their peers and being equipped to work in diverse cultural contexts and teams when employed are vital. In addition to book chapters on effective intercultural working for students, I have written a 'Connections' guide for academic staff, published under a Creative Common Licence.

In addition to numerous short working trips to around forty countries, I have worked for periods ranging from three months to two years in Europe, Africa, and South-East Asia, and run workshops on intercultural working for academics and for students.

Academics in a workshop

Prezi for 2017 workshop to the FRONTEX EU boarder agency: Skills and attitudes for effective intercultural communication

I offer bespoke intercultural working workshops for groups of staff and for groups of students ranging from half a day to two days. I can also advise on the incorporation of activities to develop effective intercultural working in the curriculum or through extra-curricular activities.

My original professional life was teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL), and then running teacher training courses for EFL tutors. The importance of effective communication with speakers of English as a foreign language cannot be over estimated. Expertise in the use of English for lecturers for lecturers who teach internationals students - when giving presentations, leading seminars, and giving feedback for example - is essential if they are to be effective and provide an equitable learning environment for all their students.

I offer bespoke workshops for native speakers of English in effective communication with students whose first language is not English.