Intercultural Trainer Training




Developing intercultural training skills - course outline


Day 1 – An introduction to the cross-cultural field

·   Introduction and objectives

·   Intercultural simulation

·   Perceptions of other cultures

·   What is culture?

·   Cultural values


Day 2 – Culture and communication

·   Key cultural models, frameworks and dimensions

·   Culture and communication – verbal and non-verbal

·   Impact of culture on social interaction, meetings, presentations, negotiations, written communication, telephoning


Day 3 – Types of intercultural training and training activities

·   What do we mean by intercultural training?

·   Types of intercultural training

·   Designing a country specific training session for relocation

·   Activities and materials for intercultural training

·   Micro-teaching tasks


Day 4 – Designing intercultural training programmes

·   Tailoring training design to differing learning styles across cultures 

·   Delivering an intercultural seminar – facilitation vs training

·   Designing intercultural training courses

·   Course design workshop task


Day 5 – Training delivery and evaluation

·   Using role plays and simulations – group simulation

·   Assessing intercultural competence - methods and tools

·   Evaluating intercultural training - measuring the success of training

·   Sources for further reading and professional development

·   Course review and personal action points




Designing and delivering intercultural training - course outline


Pre-course tasks

·   To design a course outline for a one or two day course

·   To select or develop one training activity for the course


Day 1 - Course design

·   Revisiting the key cultural issues

·   Key elements of successful course design - examples and models

·   Review and critique of course design tasks with facilitator and peer feedback

·   Revision of course design tasks


Day 2 - Selecting and developing materials

·   Sources and types of materials and activities

·   Working with realia and other “authentic” materials

·   Creating your own activities and materials

·   Adjusting training activities to different learning styles

·   Review and critique of activities from pre-course task

·   Practical tasks to try out different kinds of activities


Day 3 - Delivering intercultural training

·   Training, facilitation and coaching – what works and why

·   Cognitive, experiential and emotional aspects of learning

·   Course participants as key intercultural learning resources

·   Establishing credibility as an intercultural trainer

·   Ensuring participants leave the training with practical “take aways”

·   Practical tasks to deliver different stages of intercultural courses


Day 4 - Course design workshop (optional)

An opportunity to focus in more depth on the following areas:

·   Developing detailed course plans, outlines and “lesson plans” – building on the work of Day 1,

    or working on different course plans

·   Writing and presenting proposals for intercultural training courses


Day 5 - Materials and activities workshop (optional)

·   A chance to develop more course materials and activities, either individually or in sub-groups,

    under the guidance of LTS facilitators

·   Trying out and using materials and activities in micro-teaching sessions



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