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Special Considerations for International Curricula

Meaningful international experiences for students benefit from integrated language and cultural awareness, especially when course objectives include inter-cultural learning in the context of study, research, internships or service. Interpersonal engagement with contrasting, or even dissonant, cultural patterns, is an opportunity for students’ cultural learning and this learning is deepened through encounters in the local language.

Successfully designing opportunities for students to engage with, learn about, and experience communities and populations that are culturally and geographically different from their own involves direct attention to understanding language and culture. The specific skills and proficiency levels needed will vary according to the content of the course, the nature of the planned interaction with a community, or the extent of the research or internship experience.

Get more information from the Language Resource Center (LRC) website or contact Dick Feldman, LRC director.