Cultural Diversity and NVC
Aims and Outcomes
Aim: To build on the introduction to NVC in
previous module, this time in the context of
promoting cultural diversity
Outcomes: learners to be able to:
• Understand the importance of quality measures for
promoting cultural diversity
• Have an awareness of recent policy initiatives for
colleges to help prevent violent terrorism
• Have practised methods of discussing difference without
• Have explored responses to potential conflict in class
• Cornwall College Ofsted monitoring 2009.pdf
• Ofsted to inspect cultural diversity in schools.pdf
• FE and terrorism from Guardian.doc
Link to this module
• Examine and critically evaluate ways in which
equality of opportunity and respect for diversity
can be built into teaching and learning practice.
Paired activity – can you explain, as if to an
Ofsted inspector, how you build respect for
diversity into your teaching?
Reading exercise –Mixed blessings
What strategies can/do you use to extract meaning
from a fairly long and complex article like this?
• Study picture
• Skim read and then re-read
• Look for key words/sentences
• Read beginning and end first
• Highlight important points
• Make notes – summarise – mind map – flow chart
Communicating about cultural
• Look at these three pictures
• Jot down thoughts/reactions
• Why do you think I have shown them to
Being criticised for your culture
• Divide into two groups – one will be English and one will
• Scenario is a social get together for people on a
computers for beginners course
• ‘Foreigners’ to go out and prepare – come in, find an
English person to talk to and respond to their question
• English people to start by asking: ‘So what do you think
of England then?’ – then react to answer
• Back to whole group – how did it feel to be criticised for
basic cultural practices?
• Remember Non-Violent Communication?
• How could it help here?
• The first stage of the NVC process is to
observe without judging
• Can you re-phrase the comments on
English hygiene habits so that they are
non-judgemental? (but still explore
How do we react to difference?
• Look at these pictures
• Note your reactions/thoughts
• Why have I shown you these pictures?
• What do we/our students find difficult to
understand/accept about some aspects of
cultural practices linked to some Muslim
• In groups of 3 practice asking someone from a
Muslim community about their culture without
being judgemental – How did you find this?
Using empathetic listening to tackle
anger and prejudice
• Read the extract by Marshall Rosenberg
• In threes check you understand the
method he is explaining
• Can you see how using these techniques
of empathetic listening and reflecting back
could help deal with difficult situations in
• Responding to a story in the news, one of
your students says loudly ‘You can’t trust
any of them, all Muslims are terrorists’
• An English born and bred student from a
Pakistani background aggressively tells
you they will support any team against
England in the world cup
Summary – what have you learnt?