Intercultural Awareness and Engagement

Intercultural Awareness and Engagement


Foundations for Intercultural Awareness and Engagement

As student demographics continue to diversify, so do the dynamics of our classrooms in regards to diversity of cultures and learning styles. This presents opportunities for faculty to engage the diversity their students bring into the classroom and to practice engaging with an intercultural community on a daily basis. As students are headed for a diverse society upon graduation, developing awareness and skills for intercultural competence is thus crucial.

This course consists of two parts with two sections within each. Part one, Foundations of Intercultural Awareness, consists of: 1) faculty profiles; 2) basic concepts of intercultural pedagogy. Part two, Foundations of Intercultural Engagement, consists of: 1) student profiles; 2) examples of teaching methods and course content. Each section consists of lessons followed by reflection questions.

Please understand, this course is designed as an introduction to concepts and principles necessary to build further understanding. It is meant to inform our practice as educators. It is not meant as an itemized checklist for intercultural competence. We submit that to effectively engage with a diversity of cultures necessitates that we assume the posture of a lifelong learner. It is also our hope that through this course, you will be stimulated to further explore the vast world of educating diverse learners.

We invite you to engage this course with an open heart and mind in hopes that it will benefit you as you connect with students daily from “every nation, from all tribes, peoples, and languages” (Revelation 7:9). God bless you. Contact:




Handout for Foundations for Intercultural Awareness and Engagement, Glen Kinoshita

Lesson 01 : Meet the faculty part 1, Christina L. Kim, Walter Augstine, Matthew C. Williams, and Lorena Vidaurre

Lesson 02 : Meet the faculty Part 2, Allen L. Yeh, Behzad Varamini, and Andy Draycott

Lesson 03 : Biblical foundations - a case study on Jews and Samaritans, Matthew C. Williams and Christina L. Kim

Lesson 04 : Biblical foundations - Koinonia in the academy, Walter Augstine

Lesson 05 : Cultural intelligence, Allen L. Yeh

Lesson 06 : Cultural intelligence in the classroom, Allen L. Yeh

Lesson 07 : Cultural intelligence in the workplace, Allen L. Yeh

Lesson 08 : Cultural humility, Christina L. Kim

Lesson 09 : Practicing cultural humility in the classroom, Christina L. Kim

Lesson 10 : Meet the students - cultural background and demographics, Biola University students

Lesson 11 : Why is diversity important to us?, Biola University students

Lesson 12 : How we learn - the role of culture in the learning process, Biola University students

Lesson 13 : Connecting with your classroom from the start, Behzad Varamini

Lesson 14 : Cultivating an inclusive learning environment, Lorena Vidaurre

Lesson 15 : The value of intercultural perspectives in the classroom, Walter Augstine

Lesson 16 : Cultivating Diverse Perspectives Through Reading Assignments, Andy Draycott

Lesson 17 : Cultivating diverse perspectives in your discipline, Behzad Varamini