Class 02 -Layers of Culture & Identity

Summary: We studied and discussed the layers between identity and culture and the multiple dimensions of diversity and culture based on your own identity. You also learned more about your classmates and me. We will study global citizenship after we reflect on our own dimensions of our identity and culture.

Your Free Rice Learning Program

Please make an account to our ESP1b Intercultural Global Citizenship 2022 with our class code provided in the Zoom chat. You can make any name that as you wish, but please let me know your game name. For your English motivation, you can choose any of the English categories and study as you wish. Your goal is to get 2,000 correct answers before the last class on 02/01/2023 at your pace, but do practice sometime every week. This is 20% of the class grade, and you will help feed children around the world in hunger for free sponsored by the United Nations and the World Food Programme, which won a Nobel Peace Prize!

Following the orientation, we worked on the communication framework and standards below in new pairs and used the questions in worksheet two to explore the unique aspects of culture:

Features of Culture Statements: 

  • No one is exactly like me.
  • I have many things in common with the members of my family and community.
  • Every person in the world needs some of the same things I need.

Features of Culture Questions:

  • Celebrations: What kinds of celebrations are important in your family? In your country?
  • Greetings: How do you generally greet people you don’t know?
  • Beliefs about hospitality: How do you show hospitality in your community? In your school? In your home?
  • The role of family: Is there a particular age at which you celebrate an important event in your life with your family or community?
  • Attitudes about personal space and privacy: How important do you feel it is to have your own space and privacy?

Framework and Standards: 
Everyone has a culture(s). It shapes how we see ourselves, others, and the world. 

Essential questions: 

  • How does culture shape the way we see ourselves, others, and the world?
  • How does my culture shape me?
  • Why is it important to understand culture?

Lesson adapted from Peace Corps: Features of Culture


ESP1b Intercultural Global Citizenship Syllabus4CsTEDTalk_WorksheetDownload

Student-Sample-Homework_4Cs Video

Homework due by Class 02 on 12/11/2022 by 4 PM: Please choose one video of the three videos that is the most interesting to you to view with the closed captions (CC) that you can also read. Then, reflect and analyze what you watched and take notes on the TED Talk 4-Cs worksheet attached below. The four Cs are concepts, challenges, connections, and changes. If you would like to read an article instead of watching a video, you can use the 4-Cs to answer your ideas from the readings. These links and references are below the three videos.

Please include the reference in the 4Cs located below each video on this page:

Thompson-Hernadez, W. (2019, February 20). Chicano subculture in Japan [Video].

Youtube. The New York Times.

Could you please write the speaker’s name, date of the publication, and quotation marks and the time stamp for direct quotes like this:

Mahdawi (2016, July 19) has been thinking about “How do we go from talking about diversity to actually making it happen? (4:18 – 4:24)” for a while.

For summaries in your own words:

Gavin (2014, November 7) discussed the importance of ……

This New York Times presentation describes the Chicano Culture in Japan with some Japanese language in the interviews:

Thompson-Hernadez, W. (2019, February 20). Chicano subculture in Japan [Video].

Youtube. The New York Times.

Thompson-Hernadez, W. (2019, February 20). Chicano subculture in Japan [Video].

Youtube. The New York Times.

This talk explains why cultural diversity matters, and how language shapes culture and vise versa:

Gavin, M. (2014, November 7). Why cultural diversity matters [Video]. Youtube. TED Talk


This Ted Talk is about solutions for cultural diversity in the workplace: More diverse people!

Mahdawi, A. (2016, July 19). The surprising solution to workplace diversity. [Video].


Reading Option 1:

International Relations EDU. (, 2019). 5 ways to avoid mistakes in cross-cultural communication. International Relations EDU.

Reading Option 2: 

Toegal, G., & Barsoux, J-L. (2016). 3 situations where cross-cultural communication breaks down. Harvard Business Review.                                                                            

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