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Culture. Introduction to ICL

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To introduce to the issue of ICL
To allowed offer a space for participant to reflect:
On their own identity
On their cultural identity
On the notion of culture

Description of the tool

What is culture?

Time for individual reflection.
In Working groups:
• Brainstorm about the visible and invisible parts of culture, on post-it to bring to the iceberg later on.
• And definition of culture.

Back in plenary:
• Presentation of the Definitions of Culture and further clarifications.
• Input on the Iceberg model of Cultures.

Back in Working groups to create their icebergs - flip chart with iceberg drawn on, put above the water line those things which are visible, and put things underneath the water-line things which are not visible.
Presentation in plenary of any changes, time for debriefing.

Introduction to ICL:
• Model of collision of Icebergs
• Comfort zone

What is my culture?
First Individually and after in working groups to draw a shadow of one person indicating 5 different components of my culture.
Cut this shadow, and look to match

Feed back in plenary:
Difference and similarities
How do they feel?


  • Used in SALTO Tolerance & Diversity TC2 2003.The method was adapted for TC2 by forming small groups of 4 or 5 and creating one body outline with the visible aspects of identity outside of the body and the invisible ones inside. Each group presents their body and one list is created, grouping the aspects of identity under general headings, such as gender, religion, etc. The session is debriefed using the following questions:How did it feel to do this exercise? Are there some things that we don’t say? Which aspects of identity can be changed?What aspects of identity are relevant to the theme of the course?

    Sharon Holder , 1 December 2003 19:25:12

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Tool overview

This tool is for

group size 8 - 30

and addresses

Intercultural Learning

Materials needed:

Post It, Flip Cart, markers, (whiteboard)



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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Xavier Baró Urbea (on 13 September 2003)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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