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Teacher Knowledge
ELEMENT Nascent Beginning Progressing Proficient Advanced
6. Understanding of intercultural communication I am not yet familiar with cultural differences in communication. I am aware that different cultures may have different ways of communicating (e.g., differences in language, gestures, and norms for communicating). I can identify strategies that enhance intercultural communication. I can explain the relationship between language, communication, and identity. I can use strategies to effectively navigate intercultural interactions. I understand that learning languages has social, emotional, and cognitive aspects. I critically reflect on how particular languages and modes of communication are valued more than others and the effect that this has on identity. I can help others navigate the social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of intercultural communication.

Source: The Globally Competent Teaching Continuum was originally developed in 2014 by J. M. Cain, J. Glazier, H. Parkhouse, and A. Tichnor-Wagner at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

ASCD Resources

Books and Book Chapters

How to Teach Now, Chapter 1. Knowing Our Students as Learners
Managing Diverse Classrooms
Supporting the Whole Child, Chapter: All Languages Welcomed Here
Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas, Chapter 2. Lesson Planning to Ensure Optimal Engagement of ELLs
The Language-Rich Classroom: A Research-Based Framework for Teaching English Language Learners

Articles

Use Cognitive Apprenticeship for Culturally Responsive, Effective Feedback, ASCD Express
Making a Strong Home-School Connection by Being Culturally Responsive, ASCD Express
A Welcome for Every Student,Educational Leadership
Rethinking Bilingual Instruction, Educational Leadership


Beginning

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icon Culture/Author Study (PDF)
Suggested grade level: 1
Subject: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Description: Students explore authors, their cultures, and their sources of inspiration.

Classroom resources

icon International Children’s Digital Library
Suggested grade level: K - 5
Subject: English Language Arts
Cost: Free
Description: Teachers and students can access scanned copies of international books, in English and other languages.

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Progressing

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icon Culture/Author Study (PDF)
Suggested grade level: 1
Subject: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Description: Students explore authors, their cultures, and their sources of inspiration.

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icon Create a Language (Asia Society)
Suggested grade level: 4 - 12
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: This activity is designed to deepen students’ understanding about the essentials of communication (communicated information, communication channel, and people encoding/decoding information) by creating their own ways in expressing the assigned information “I love you.”
icon International Children’s Digital Library
Suggested grade level: K - 5
Subject: English Language Arts
Cost: Free
Description: Teachers and students can access scanned copies of international books, in English and other languages.

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Proficient

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icon Connotative and Denotative Words (PDF)
Suggested grade level: 6 - 8
Subject: English Language Arts
Description: Students learn to distinguish between connotations and denotations.

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icon Asia Society -T he Many Ways the World Communicates
Suggested grade level: 4 - 12
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Through class activities, games, reading, and analysis, students will learn that speaking a language is only one way people communicate information, in order to make a language understandable among groups of people, a system of rules is necessary, and languages and words are not the same thing.

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Advanced

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icon Spanish-speaking Countries(PDF)
Suggested grade level: 10 - 12
Subject: Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Description: Students compare and contrast a variety of Spanish-speaking countries.

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