Course Title: Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


UGRDFlex17 ()


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


UGRDFlex18 (ZZZZ),

UGRDFlex18 (All)

Course Coordinator: Rohan Nethsinghe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7211

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The placements associated with this course may take place in a range of locations identified and supported by the RMIT School of Education, including low-income countries or remote communities with limited facilities and limited access to medical and psychological support.

Course Description

In this course you will prepare for and undertake a 15-day practicum in a cross-cultural placement with your peers, potentially in a low-income country or remote community. You will examine themes, debates and practices in cross-cultural teaching and learning as well as develop an understanding of specific cultures. A key component of this course will be developing a critical understanding of the influence of Western education pedagogies and practices on education practices in non-western and low income settings. You will apply your theoretical understanding by planning and implementing culturally appropriate learning activities for a range of learning abilities during your cross-cultural teaching practicum.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development




Course Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Discuss key principles of teaching children from cultures other than your own

2. Relate theoretical frameworks for examining cross cultural teaching and learning to your own teaching philosophy and practice

3. Apply critical insights into cross-cultural teaching and learning into your own pedagogical practices

4. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning and implementing differentiated learning activities that engage learners in different cultural settings

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in a range of activities including face to face workshops and online activities as well as undertake a 15-day international teaching placement.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of the course in the following assessment tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Cultural investigation (50%, LO1, LO2)
Prior to undertaking your cross-cultural teaching practicum you will undertake an investigation into the culture of the country in which your practicum is located. You will explore the customs, beliefs and values of your destination country and how these might shape the pedagogical practices characteristic of your destination country, examining the similarities and differences with Australia and the potential implications for your own practice. In addition, you will outline the reasons for wishing to undertake and cross-cultural teaching practicum in this location, articulate your professional goals for the practicum, making links to relevant theory and your own teaching philosophy and practice

Assessment Task 2: Written learning reflection (50%, LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)
Upon completion of the cross-cultural teaching practicum you will submit a reflection about your learning about teaching in another culture and about yourself. Drawing upon critical incidents that occurred during your cross-cultural practical placement, including at least one annotated lesson plan of a lesson you designed and implemented during the cross-cultural practicum, you will reflect on the effectiveness of your teaching and the learning activities you designed and implemented, as well as the challenges you faced in implementing your curriculum. You will articulate your insights about the similarities and differences you experienced and compare your learning to your initial expectations identified in Assessment Task 1. In your written reflection you will support your claims with reference to relevant theory.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1