Cultural Competency: Verbling's power to build peace around the world

How often do you generalize and stereotype people from other countries? How often do you find yourself grouping an entire population of people into a blanket judgement based upon their government or religion?

Over the past week weeks I have been having the most interesting conversations with my students regarding the stereotyping others. The dialogue we've shared has been incredibly transparent and honest, which I believe is the key to peace and understanding around the world. We've discussed our own preconceived notions about the viewpoints each of us hold, and ultimately laughed about how wrong we were in our judgments.

For example, one of my students is a Syrian refugee living in Europe, and I thought for certain he would think that all Americans (myself included) were prejudice and didn't like Muslims. However, I couldn't have been more wrong in my assumptions. My student realized that even though people around the world may live under very diverse governments with polarizing leaders, each person should be treated as individuals instead of followers. He opened my eyes to an unspoken understanding which I believe most teachers and students on Verbling adhere to, which is an understanding founded on respect and open-mindedness. My student realized the love and respect I have for ALL people, and my initial assumptions of how we may judge me were completely wrong.

We are at an advantage while teaching and learning on this platform because we are exposed to different cultures and languages on a daily basis. When we meet someone from another country, we don't automatically label them based upon the negative headline news we see on TV. We realize that each person is unique and holds their own opinions and views of the world, and those opinions may not always coincide with the views of their government.

Verbling is not just an excellent place to learn a new language and make new friends. Verbling is a learning platform which promotes peace, understanding, and a sense of community. It's important for teachers and students to remember that not only are we working towards the same language goals, but we also have the responsibility empower one another to spread cultural awareness and tolerance.

The next time you are going over grammar rules and new vocabulary words, keep an eye out for teachable moments to promote increased cultural competency and personal development. Let's come together to create a more compassionate world through authentic relationships and dialogue, because we have the power to play a small role in peacebuilding solutions worldwide. Verbling is a valuable tool for language education, but the possibilities are endless with regards to the impact it can have on humanity. Be proud of what you are accomplishing on here and the impact you are making on the international community, because YOU are single-handedly making the world a better place...



30 maggio 2018
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Kristal Umana

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Inglese
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Stati Uniti d'America
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42
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Madrelingua
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Spagnolo
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** I am now taking NEW and CURRENT students - Please message me directly if you are interested in scheduling for a specific day/time, and I will open up my availability for you! Hello everyone! My name is Kristal and I am a native English speaker from the United States, and I am currently working on my PhD in International Relations and Development. I have a Bachelor's degree in English and a Masters degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. I work full-time as a business professional and work part-time as an online ESL teacher helping students from Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. I am very conversational in my teaching approach, and I believe the more "natural" the teaching style, the more enjoyable the learning experience becomes. My lessons are very fun, and my students always say they feel like they are talking to a friend, rather than sitting in a boring English class. The majority of my students are adults working for international companies who need conversational practice to master their English and excel at their careers. If you have any questions or would like to propose an alternate time to meet that is not currently listed, please contact me directly by sending a message. I look forward to meeting you and seeing you in future classes! ************************************************************
Flag
Inglese
globe
Stati Uniti d'America
time
42
Parla:
Inglese
Madrelingua
,
Spagnolo
B1
** I am now taking NEW and CURRENT students - Please message me directly if you are interested in scheduling for a specific day/time, and I will open up my availability for you! Hello everyone! My name is Kristal and I am a native English speaker from the United States, and I am currently working on my PhD in International Relations and Development. I have a Bachelor's degree in English and a Masters degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. I work full-time as a business professional and work part-time as an online ESL teacher helping students from Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. I am very conversational in my teaching approach, and I believe the more "natural" the teaching style, the more enjoyable the learning experience becomes. My lessons are very fun, and my students always say they feel like they are talking to a friend, rather than sitting in a boring English class. The majority of my students are adults working for international companies who need conversational practice to master their English and excel at their careers. If you have any questions or would like to propose an alternate time to meet that is not currently listed, please contact me directly by sending a message. I look forward to meeting you and seeing you in future classes! ************************************************************
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