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How to register

To register for the Rural Routes Intercultural Communication Series, select which the three level(s) below that you are interested in taking then click on the registration link. It will re-direct you to our events registration page where you can sign up for the selected level. 

Please select which offering you'd like to take:

Level 1

Start  October 15th 2019
Location  Online
Cost  Free
Registration Closes   October 8th2020
Link to Register  Click here

Level 2

Start  January 14th 2020
Location  Online
Cost  Free
Registration Closes   January 8th 2020
Link to Register  Click here

 

Level 3

Start  April 14th 2020
Location  Online
Cost  Free
Registration Closes   Apri 7th, 2020l
Link to Register  Click here




Note: All Attendees must login at least 10-15 minutes early for each session. The login link will be sent  1-2 days prior to the commencement of the program to the email address used on the submitted non-credit registration. 

Equipment: You will need a laptop/ computer, microphone and headset to actively participate in each session.


Detailed information about each level:
  • Download more information about Level one.
  • Download more information about Level two.
  • Download more information about Level three
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication Level 1, 2 and 3

Level 1

General Overview

Participants will build a solid foundation of intercultural knowledge, skills, and awareness by learning a practical approach to effective communication in intercultural spaces. This course is designed to introduce participants to the Reflective Intercultural Learning Cycle - a core framework for understanding and communicating more effectively in intercultural situations. The focus is on gaining familiarity with all the stages of the cycle, as well as acquiring an introductory knowledge of the make sense categories, and a general framework for informed action. In this course, participants will pay particular attention to self-awareness.

Self Guided Orientation

Duration: 1 hour Online 

Orientation 

Participants will watch an orientation video to learn about MyMail (NorQuest College’s email), MyQuest (online student centre) and Blackboard Collaborate (webinar tool).
 

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 1

Duration: 2 hour Online and 1 hour Self (The IDI)
Pre-requisite: Self Guided Orientation

What is a Cultural Bridge?

In this session participants will be introduced to the cultural bridge role and define key terms. Participants will become aware of the value of developing their capacity as a cultural bridge and the steps they can take to get there.

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 2

Duration: 2 hour Online and 1 hour Self
Pre-requisite: Level 1- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 1
 

Mapping my Goals

In this session participants will set personal and practitioner level goals using intercultural development and inclusion. We will also examine the link between values, identity and individual behaviours.

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 3

Duration: 2 hour Online 
Pre-requisite: Level 1- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 2
 

Noticing the Landscape

In this session participants will gain fluency in the first 2 steps of the applied intercultural development process called the Something’s Up! Cycle and begin to see things in the teaching and learning landscape with new eyes!


Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 4

Duration: 2 hour Online and 1 hour Self
Pre-requisite: Level 1- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 3
 

Mapping the Landscape

In this session participants will apply new tools to make sense of what they are seeing in a carefully designed manner to support intercultural development. Participants will look in depth at the role of language in intercultural interactions.

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 5

Duration: 2 hour Online 
Pre-requisite: Level 1- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 4
 

Naming Landmarks

Many misunderstandings in intercultural interactions arise from cultural value orientations. In this session participants will make sense of misunderstandings using cultural value orientations.

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 6

Duration: 2 hour Online
Pre-requisite: Level 1- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 5
 
Building a Cultural Roadmap
 
In this session participants will plan informed action to navigate conflicts and to identify norms, processes and actions that support an inclusive working environment


Level 2

General Overview

Participants will learn to apply an intercultural perspective to respond to everyday situations in the workplace, classroom, organization, or community through a deeper exploration of key culture general frameworks and the generation of targeted informed actions. Participants will build their knowledge of culture general frameworks by assessing themselves, and identifying how culture influences various practices in their lives in the workplace, classroom, and organization. Participants will examine context-specific examples and apply culture general knowledge to make sense and explore informed actions that can help them reach and create shared goals. Participants MUST complete level 1 before they can register for level 2

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 1

Duration: 2 hour Online
Pre-requisite: Rural Routes Intercultural Communication Level 1

 

What’s the Context?

In this session participants will refresh their skills developed in the first course and begin to explore more specific contexts.
 

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 2

Duration: 2 hour Online 
Pre-requisite: Level 2- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 1
 

Context 1: Change and Transition

We all experience change and transitions in our lives but what about the experiences of immigrants and refugees is important to keep in mind as practitioners? In this module participants will examine different scenarios through this important lens.

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 3

Duration: 2 hour Online
Pre-requisite: Level 2- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 2
 

Context 2: Language and Culture


Culture informs language and language reflects culture. In this session participants will be introduced to pragmatics and speech acts as rich perspective points. In this session participants will also be introduced to some ready-made tools for teaching pragmatics.

Please complete Communication Style Inventory and Reflection Questions before this session.

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 4

Duration: 2 hour Online
Pre-requisite: Level 2- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 3
 

Context 3: Teaching and Learning Context 3: Teaching and Learning

In this session participants will explore the way culture influences teaching and learning as well as giving and receiving feedback. Participants will look at examples of informed actions.

Please complete Cultural Value Orientation Self-Assessment before this session.

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 5

Duration: 2 hour Online
Pre-requisite: Level 2- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 4
 

Context 4: Teams

Are people from collectivist cultures really better at working on teams than individualists because of their group orientation? In this session participants will explore the ins and outs of team work from a cultural perspective and what happens when people from different cultures come together on a team.

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 6

Duration: 2 hour Online
Pre-requisite: Level 2- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 5
 
 
Context 5: The Interview
 
In this session participants will look at the ‘Canadian’ job interview and explore both expectations and variations in how internationally educated professionals perform. Participants will be introduced to a
NorQuest produced resource on Navigating the Interview and ways to support newcomers’ success in interviews.
 
Independent Assignment 
Duration: 
1 hour Online

My Something’s Up!
Using the Something’s Up Worksheet participants will work through a Something’s Up of their own and will present their analysis and suggested informed actions in the last session.
 

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 7

Duration: 2 hour Online
Pre-requisite: Level 2- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 6
 

My Something’s Up

In this session participants will present their own something’s up, a brief.
 

Level 3

General Overview
 
Participants in this course will practice and build their intercultural confidence and skills through engaging activities using selected intercultural resources developed for Alberta ESL programs. Participants MUST complete level 1 and 2 before they can register for level 3.
16 hours. 
 

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 1

Duration: 2 hours Online
Pre-requisite: Rural Routes Intercultural Communication Level 2

Module 1:

The Cynefin framework is a conceptual framework for leaders to reach decisions. In this session participants will use it to make sense of their own and other people’s behavior and identify appropriate responses.
 

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 2

Duration: 2 hours Online and 1 hour Self
Pre-requisite: Level 3- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 1

Module 2:

In this session participants will articulate their Something’s Up! As self-study, they will identify their own perspective points and values around the problem.
 

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 3

Duration: 2 hours Online and 1 hour Self
Pre-requisite: Level 3- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication​ 2

Module 3:
In this session participants will be introduced to online resources to identify cultural orientation patterns and values. As self-study, they will compare cultural orientation patterns and values.
 

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 4

Duration: 2 hours Online and 1 hour Self
Pre-requisite: Level 3- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication​ 3

Module 4:
In this session participants will learn to prepare interview questions. As self-study, they will interview three people to identify cultural orientation patterns and values and compare them to the data from the previous week.
 

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 5

Duration: 2 hours Online and 1 hour Self
Pre-requisite: Level 3- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication​ 4

Module 5:
In this session participants will share interview data and data analysis. As self-study, they will generate possible informed actions.
 

Rural Routes Intercultural Communication 6

Duration: 2 hours Online 
Pre-requisite: Level 3- Rural Routes Intercultural Communication​ 5

Module 6:
In this session participants will share research findings and possible informed actions for their Something’s Up!