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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
August 28, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Graduate Programming

Many of these workshops contribute towards the requirements of the University Teaching Certificate.

These workshops are open to instructional assistants, teaching assistants, graduate students, and postdocs at Laurier.

We all have different life experiences, cultural backgrounds, and social backgrounds, and our expectations surrounding communication are influenced by many of these factors. These expectations will influence how we perceive and engage in situations such as class discussions, delivering/receiving feedback, and resolving disagreements. In this 14-hour workshop, participants will develop their abilities to examine interpersonal, academic, and professional situations from an intercultural perspective.

By participating in this workshop, you will be able to: 
• identify your own expectations around communication;
• recognize various dimensions within intercultural communication to improve your communication, relationships, and work outcomes; and 
• develop strategies to work more effectively with students, classmates, colleagues, and supervisors.

DATES:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from May 10 – May 24, 2016
TIMES:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom
– 20 hours 
NOTE: Communication in the Intercultural Classroom (formally referred to as Communication in the Internationalized Classroom) is a prerequisite for this workshop.

Expectations regarding teacher behaviours vary across cultures, institutions, and disciplines. In addition, our students come from many different cultural, linguistic, and social backgrounds. Differences in what students expect from instructors’ communication and behaviors affect overall learning outcomes. Therefore, instructors need to be very mindful of teaching in ways that are inclusive so as to support the learning of all students.  

In this 20-hour workshop, teaching assistants, graduate students, and instructional assistants can learn to teach more effectively by developing their intercultural teaching skills.  

By participating in this workshop, you will be able to: 
• recognize elements in classrooms and curricula that marginalize students;
• analyze scenes to identify micro-aggressions in the classroom and incorporate strategies to interrupt them; 
• incorporate inclusive strategies into your teaching; and 
• develop confidence in your instructional skills, teaching communication, and intercultural awareness.

Workshop activities include teaching for 10 minutes on a topic in your discipline and responding to questions from your audience.  

DATES:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from May 25 – June 16, 2016 
TIMES:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.