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.

Beginning

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Video

1st Grade Social Studies/English Language Arts: Culture

Lesson Plan

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 Resource

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

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Video

1st Grade Social Studies/English Language Arts: Culture

Lesson Plan

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

Asia Society: Create a Language
Suggested grade level: 4#8211;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.”

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

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Video

Middle School English Language Arts: Idioms

Lesson Plan

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

Classroom Resource

Asia Society: The Many Ways the World Communicates
Suggested grade level: 4–12
Subject: English Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages
Cost: Free
Description: Through class activities, games, reading, and analysis, students will learn that speaking a language is only one way people communicate information. 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

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Video

High School Spanish for Native Speakers

Lesson Plan

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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