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Intercultural Workshop Parents

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Denise Buren

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Welcome to Milan! INTERCULTURAL WORKSHOP Give kids time; they may have more difficulty working through the logic. Talk to them step by step and communicate DAILY

Recognize the signs of distress

Familiar foods and other signs of “home”; traditions

Communicating is more important than ever

Find ways for them to integrate with the new culture.

Setting clear boundaries as those had before

Routines can save the day

Point out special benefits of being together in a new country: prove it! How to work towards
adaptation Are you a high-context or low-context culture? Do you ‘function’ in a polychronic or monochronic way? Do you come from an Individualistic or Collectivist culture? Identity based on group
“We” society
Harmony important
Relationship oriented
Organizations, clubs, networks
Group management Identity based on self
“Me” society
Honesty important
Individual achievement
Management of Individuals Individualistic Collectivistic Turning cross-cultural experience into Intercultural learning

Guiding your children through Intercultural Learning and adjustment.

Exploring cultural differences of countries such as the U.S, Italian, and Asian cultures.

Differences in communication styles and impact of culture.

Expectations about being in Italy Topics for Discussion Family Time & Traditions Talk openly and acknowledge feelings ; such as missing home, friends, relatives and things left behind.

Remind children of what they might feel when there is change and remind them of their past successes.

Continue to foster strong ties with friends ie; via technology

Build new links with the local community; groups, friends and clubs

Communicate with teachers & school culture

Get involved in your surroundings (local outings and local friends)
 Italian is the official language, although there are many diverse dialects.

English is spoken by many businesspeople and many like to practice their English (it’s not because you said it wrong)

Avoid talking about religion, politics, and World War II.

At social gatherings, it is considered rude to ask someone you have just met about their profession.

Good conversational topics include Italian culture, art, food, wine, family, and films. Italian culture
“Communication” High and Low Context cultures Three important aspects about culture Many families have lived abroad where oftentimes the ‘trailing spouse’ is the mother: Includes mainly professionals, missionaries, military and diplomats

Children are oftentimes in International/American schools and can usually adapt well to new environments.

Transition of new friends, settling in the home, adjusting to new cultural customs, misunderstanding language and simply NOT understanding language and ways of doing things can be very stressful. Who are our families? Dr. Milton Bennett is a well known American professor, author and interculturalist.

ASM Intercultural Committee and School Wide Project stems from his training last year (2011)

ASM has developed a program for teachers, students and parents The work of Dr. Milton Bennett Thank you “Those who understand others as well as themselves, will be granted success in a thousand encounters”

3000 year old Chinese proverb Children’s Adjustment
How can we help our children ADJUST as they learn about INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCY?

How can we maintain our own cultural traditions and enjoy our host culture?

How can we help our children move towards INTEGRATION through ADAPTATION? When invited to someone's home, bring gift-wrapped chocolates, pastries, or flowers. Flowers must be given in even numbers, except for a dozen (12) or half-dozen (6), especially if roses. 

If invited to someone’s home, punctuality is not expected; bringing something is.

If you bring wine as a gift, make sure that it is of excellent vintage, as many Italians are wine connoisseurs.

No doggy bags at restaurants

Avoid giving anything in a quantity of 17, as 17 is considered to be bad luck, or a doomed number Italian culture
‘Behavior’ "Time is money" is not a common phrase in Italy.

Foreigners should be punctual for business appointments although the Italian may not be.

Handshakes are common for both sexes, and may include grasping the arm with the other hand. Kissing (both cheeks) is reserved for more fomal occasions; as is ‘Ciao’

Do not expect quick decisions or actions to take place, as the Italian bureaucracy and legal systems are rather slow.

It is common for everyone to speak simultaneously at Italian gatherings. This applies to business meetings as well as social events. Italian culture
‘Behavior’ Fashions and fashion design are trademarks of Italy.

Therefore, in the business world, good clothes are a signature of success, as well as cars and latest technology.  

Men and women usually wear fashionable, high quality clothing.

Shoes and leather goods will make a good impression with the Italians.

‘Do it yourself’ in expensive stores is not common. Having things brought out to you to try on is more acceptable. Italian culture
‘Appearance’ What cultural differences from your own culture have you observed about Italy and Italians? Multi-tasking

Work is subject to interruptions

Schedules are subjective

High context: have knowledge ‘between the lines’

Change directions easily

Relationships and family first One thing at a time

The job comes first

Take deadlines seriously

Low context and need information

Committed to results

Personal space considered

Time is money! Monochronic Polychronic ‘Third Culture Kids’ A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of [their] developmental years outside the parents' culture. (David C. Pollock)

The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any.

Elements from each culture may be assimilated into the TCK's life experience

Sense of belonging is in relationship to other TCK’s What is culture (little c)? Culture can be defined as the learned and shared values, behaviours and beliefs of a group of interacting people. (Milton Bennett)

Culture is a two way process of generating and sharing meaning.

Culture is the 'common sense' behaviors, what is normal to us.

Culture is imprinting of what we do and don’t do.

We cannot erase it, it is always with is and it is never static. A process that takes time and patience (for you and your children)

When values and decision making are seen as ‘relative’

The idea of ‘self’ moves in and out of different world views:shape shifting in/out cultures

When the idea of multiple and ambiguous cultural conditions becomes the ‘norm’ When thinking is not just in ethnocentric terms: “we are the best”

Oftentimes can speak more than one language; each linguistic ‘reality’ teaches you something about a culture

Where ‘personal identity’ does not disappear yet in-between identities are also accepted. When do you become “intercultural”? Learned and inherent social skills

Relationships formed in/out school.

Parent-child relationships

Cultural factors

School environment and instructional goals and school philosophy Cognitive ability

Maturity and age

Self-regulation skills /self control

Attributes of the child (gender, language

Past experiences abroad Factors which can influence the process of adjustment GERMANY
INDIA Welcome to Milan! INTERCULTURAL WORKSHOP USA 98 Italy 79 Collectivistic Individualistic 100 50 0 ITALY
NETHER-LANDS Resources: A Movable Marriage:
Relocate Your Relationship without Breaking It Homeward Bound:
A Spouse’s Guide to Repatriation Raising Global Nomads:
Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World A Broad Abroad:
The Expat Wife's Guide to Successful Living Abroad Can adjust easily to new situations and make friends easily Oftentimes don’t know how to respond to: Where are you from? Multiple languages Have moved within other American or International schools Use technology to stay connected Multiple cultures Relate better to children like themselves-more than same culture Many have lived abroad; multiple moves 52 nationalities Who are our students?

loss of reference new environment, new school, new cultural norms, new home, new routines and new language INTERCULTURAL:

learning about understanding other
cultures, communicating and becoming cultural
competent Two Domains Friendship
Family Social
status Raising
children Time-
space Decision
making Problem
solving Philosophy Patriotism Religion I think this is about feelings! Spark (cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr (cc) image by rocketboom on Flickr (cc) image by quoimedia on Flickr G Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-11 Intercultural Workshops Families Abroad Layers of Culture Les Passegers: TCK Story Teaching Intercultural Skills To help students voice their impressions about their present culture: both in Italy and at ASM

To help students learn about the ways in which they engage from other cultures and look at how they use verbal and non-verbal communication

To look at how attitudes, actions and knowledge will hopefully guide their growth over the next few years here at ASM

To help them gain greater awareness about their own culture while learning how to respect and learn from different cultures. What about YOUR culture?
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