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Cross-Culturally Responsive Teaching

Have you ever wondered how much culture affects your students’ learning? Or, do you believe that teaching should be culture-free? If you have students from more than one cultural background in your face-to-face or online classroom, then this is a must Coffee Course for you.

In this Coffee Course and subsequent face-to-face workshop, we will introduce several key strategies on how to make your teaching in a global classroom more effective and enjoyable.

Key questions we will be looking at are:

  • How do I incorporate cross-culturally responsive teaching strategies in my course, assessments design and in-class delivery?
  • How do I respond to students’ different communications styles and attitude, e.g. in relation to time, rules, authority, uncertainty, different ways of dealing with stress, emotions and conflicts?
  • How do I understand my students from different cultures and truly enjoy teaching a global classroom?


This course will run from Tuesday 18 May to Thursday 20 May 2021. There will be 3 blog posts, one per day, that will take about 15-20 minutes to work through. You are welcome to work through the course at your own pace, any time.

All are welcome

We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at the Australian National University and beyond to join us for this course.

How to participate

The entire course will be conducted online, at your own pace through this blog. We encourage you to make a cup of coffee or tea and work through the material. Each post includes an activity or discussion question for you to respond to in the comment section of the blog. Be sure to subscribe to the blog – You’ll receive an email each time a new post is made, and you can unsubscribe at any time.