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Community of Practice; Exploring Innovations in Learning and Teaching 2019

  • Saint Mary's University, Atrium 216 Halifax, B3H 1G3 (map)

Best Practices in the Intercultural Classroom: Transcultural Literacy

This interactive session will provide an overview of the recently developed concept of transcultural literacy as a way of engaging with diversity of cultural perspectives in the classroom. Participants will explore the core dimensions of the concept in the context of recent educational methodologies, self-reflection, and instructional attitudes that help bridge some common challenges in the intercultural classroom. A list of suggestions for further reading will be provided to session participants.

Please contact Will Kay at to RSVP. A light lunch will be provided.

Facilitated by: Dr. Tatjana Takseva
Department of English Language and Literature, Women and Gender Studies Program

Special Guest: Mr. Muhammad Elhabibi
Intercultural Academic Learning Specialist, The Studio for Teaching and Learning

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As a structural model, the Community of Practice (CoP) approach offers a framework for creating learning communities to engage in sustained conversations focused on enhancing their professional practice. In the higher education context, CoPs can “provide professional support for academics who are increasingly overwhelmed by continuous change, excessive workloads and research output demands” (McDonald & Star, 2006).

This CoP meets on selected Friday afternoons, to access expertise and encourage mutual engagement within the Saint Mary's University teaching community. All full-time and part-time faculty are invited to join. Sessions foster collegial discussion and sharing of ideas.