Teaching and Learning Across Cultures (TWB I-B)

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    Are you interested in teaching in a cultural context that’s new to you, or at least one which you don’t know well?  In this course we’re particularly going to look at teaching and learning across cultures and help you become aware of cultural variations in expectations for teaching and learning.

    The main idea in this course is that teaching effectively across cultures requires us to be aware of cultural variations in teaching and learning. As we adapt our teaching style to different contexts, we can also invite students to engage with us in new ways of learning.

    Please note that this course is specifically for TWB Field Partners (see more) and they will receive individual tutoring and feedback. We also welcome other students to complete this training. However, if you are not part of TWB's Field Partner programme we are not able to offer individual assessment or feedback.

    Course Outcomes

    This course provides orientation in intercultural relationships for prospective Theologians Without Borders 'Field Partners' at Level I.   This course is particularly suited for theological educators who are operating in cross-cultural contexts.   TWB Field Partners who complete this course will: increase their awareness of cultural differences in teaching and learning; consider how cultural values shape teaching and learning; be introduced to some interactive classroom learning techniques; and practice interactive learning techniques in their home context.

    Course content
    • Expectations of what makes ‘good’ teaching and learning can vary widely from culture to culture. 
    • Specific examples of expectations for teaching and learning in different countries. 
    • Hofstede’s ‘dimensions of culture’ and their connection to cultural variations in teaching and learning. 
    • Practical tips for navigating potential differences in expectations of teaching and learning in the classroom. 
    • Interactive teaching and learning methods.


    This course is authored by Dr Stephanie Black. Stephanie is Associate Director for Orientation and Training for Theologians Without Borders. She taught in graduate schools of theology in Ethiopia (2000-2008) and Kenya (2008-2013), serving as ACTEA Accreditation Officer from 2007-2011. She is also Affiliate Associate Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. Stephanie’s now serves as international Theological Education Specialist with Serge, in partnership with EPC World Outreach and travels to support leadership development in Africa, Asia and Europe

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    10 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the learning sections, design and teach a group lesson using some of the interactive techniques introduced in this course and complete a short self-assessment.

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