HINTS FOR ASSESSMENT OF INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE
Required Time 90 Minutes
By the end of this session, participants will:
- be aware that the assessment of intercultural competences is a complex task and needs several perspectives to be put in act
- be able to define intercultural competencies and indicators to assess them
- Reflect on the intercultural learning process,
- Define possible to tools to assess Intercultural Competence
- Semi-circle seating arrangement
- A room where participants can move about freely
Before providing the training, the facilitator should become very familiar with the toolbox structure and activities.
Step-by-Step Description of the Session
ACTIVITY 1: THE GAME OF THE SQUARES (30 MINS)
- Use the game of squares to focus again on the intercultural learning process
- Use the Darla Deardorff’s model on the development of Intercultural competence to make a connection, in the debriefing of the Game of Squares
- Introduce the Butterfly Model of competences from the CoE Competencies for a democratic culture”
ACTIVITY 2 – SELF REFLECTION ON ASSESSMENT OF INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE (30 MINS)
- Ask participants to couple or to form small groups with their neighbours
- Ask them to reflect on which attitudes, skills, knowledge and critical understandings and values they have tackled during the seminar and now they are more aware of.
- Ask them to come up with suggestions on which indicators should be taken into consideration to assess these new or consolidated competences
- Write down keywords on the flip chart
ACTIVITY 3 – HINTS FOR ASSESSMENTS OF INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE (30 MINS)
- Remind participants that the acquisition of intercultural competences is a lifelong learning process, which brings best results through conscious, planned and facilitated experiential learning (Kolb, Experiential Learning Cycle).
- Underline that exposure and interaction with people of different cultural affiliations does not imply, let alone guarantee, intercultural learning
- Assessment of intercultural competences, just as with other attitudes- and skill-based competencies is a complex task, which cannot be responded to by standard quantitative testing procedures. Since intercultural learning is a life-long learning process, intercultural competence can never be fully achieved.
Use the PowerPoint Presentation “Hints for assessment of intercultural competence” to speak about the topic