Case Study: Building Intercultural Understanding
The Meg language and culture program provides a rich platform for students to build their intercultural understanding, in ways that are both implicit and explicit. Through connecting internationally with a native speaking language teacher, students are presented with an opportunity to build intercultural understanding in a meaningful and contextual environment. As they get to know their China-based teacher across the school year, they get to explore another culture first-hand. This experience allows them to also reflect on what culture is as a concept, and to mirror it to their own culture. This international connection opens up the students’ world beyond their classroom, school, community, city and even country.
PS 87 in the Bronx, New York, is one of our original partner schools in the US market. The principal, Donna Anaman (pictured), is a true innovator who sees the value in providing unique and global experiences to her students. The school enrolled its grade 1-5 students in our language program and have been with us for the past three years. Teachers at PS 87 have taken it upon themselves to create cross-curriculum ties by encouraging students to showcase their learning at school assemblies.
“The teacher is very good with the students, the kids are excited and as an audience, they are engaged.”
– Denise Selivan, PS 87 Classroom teacher