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Friday, February 15 • 11:55am - 12:45pm

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"  BaFa’ BaFa’ is a face-to-face learning simulation. It is intended to improve participants’ cultural competency by helping them understand the impact of culture on the behavior of people and organizations. Participants experience “culture shock” by trying to interact with a culture in which the people have different values, different ways of behaving and different ways of solving problems. Description Of the Activity 1.Two simulated cultures are created: an Alpha culture and a Beta culture. The presenters brief the participants on the general purposes of the simulation and then assigns them membership in either the Alpha or Beta culture. 2.To each of the two cultures belongs a certain behavior, which corresponds to an implicit cultural code (for example, two antagonistic civilizations: a collective culture based on common good, solidarity, body contact), and an economic culture based on trade and profit, individualism as well formal and distant relations. Each group moves into its own area where members are taught the values, expectations and customs of their new culture, without knowing anything about the other civilization. 3.Each culture sends an “observer” to go to the other culture’s room.  During the “observer” period, groups will role play the values, expectations, and customs of their new culture. 4. Observers will return to their room and report back to their group on what they saw to get them ready for the cross-cultural experience. 5.Both groups will come together to interact based on the values, expectations, and customs of their culture. 6.We will end the simulation and debrief the experience " "1. Build awareness of how languages and cultural differences  can profoundly impact people in  general. 2. Examine how stereotypes are developed, barriers created,  and misunderstandings magnified. 3. Allow participants to examine their own bias and focus on how they perceive differences. 4. Identify diversity issues that must be addressed "


Zineb Underwood

Clear Creek HS, CCISD

Elgin Marks

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Lydia Ferrari

Spanish Teacher, Clear Creek HS

Friday February 15, 2019 11:55am - 12:45pm CST
CF 5427