Effects of Culture on Learning and Classroom Behavior

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Effects of Culture on Learning and Classroom Behavior
March 22, 2007

Presenters: Hosam M. Ahmad Fahed Al-Sumait Nancy Berry

Mohammed Hirchi Viviane Ephraimson-Abt

Program Outline
1. 2. 3. 4. Introduction, Training Goals & Program Overview - Fahed Defining Diversity: The Middle East, Arabs and Muslims - Hosam Islam’s place in the Western imaginary - Mohammed The role of culture in interpersonal interaction –Viviane
Culture, identity and communication Worldviews and Norms The Fundamental Attribution Error

5. Non-verbal communication – Fahed
Characteristics Structure (kinesics, proxemics, paralanguage)

4. Interculturalism in the classroom:
Student acculturation and adaptation – Hosam Pedagogical differences between the Gulf and the US– Nancy Common differences in verbal and non-verbal interaction – Fahed

5. Open forum and Q&A

Defining Diversity:
1. Geographies 2. Religion 3. Ethnicities

Hosam Ahmed

The Middle East, Arabs, Muslims, and Gulf States

1. Geographies
• • • • Muslim World and definition Arab Nation and definition Middle East (SW Asia)-definition Gulf States - definition

Map of the Muslim World

Map of the Arab World

Map of the Gulf States

2. Religion
• Only 18% of Muslims are Arab, 20% subSaharan Africa, 30% South Asian • 85% Sunni and 15% Shi’a. There is also Sufism …etc • Core beliefs are similar- God, prophet, book (Qur'an) and pillars • Practices are diverse and differ by region, sects, and cultures

3. Ethnicities (Cultures)
• Saudi Students share the identity of Gulf States: (Muslims, Arab, Gulfians) • Levant (Mashriq)-Sham: Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan • Mesopotamia: Iraq and Syria • North Africa: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco • Turkey: Muslims (Sunni) non-Arab-Turks • Iran: Muslims (Shi’a & Sunni) non-Arab-Persian • Regional Diversity within a country

Mohammed Hirchi

Islam’s place in the Western imaginary
Historical Context: • Crusades / Song of Rolland (12th c.) •

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