Do you teach Intercultural Communication or have students from all around the world?
If your answer is yes! , then I suggest you play Barnga Game with your students or participants.
Barnga is an intercultural simulation game played with cards. I played Barnga for the first time as an International House fellow in New York during leadership training. I was really impressed with cultural realizations we had by playing this game. Now, it is an indispensable part of Intercultural Training workshops that I lead.
To play Barnga, you need:
At least 6 participants.
A table for each group.
1 deck of cards per group.
A piece of paper and a pen for each table.
Through this game participants realize:
Culture is shared and learned.
Most of the time cultural rules are unspoken and we don't become conscious of cultural practices and rules until they are challenged or until we are exposed to a different way of doing things.
Gestures and body language are culture specific (because participants aren't allowed to speak during the game.)
Reconciliation and conflict resolution are inevitable and very significant elements of intercultural interactions.
Please follow this link to see instructions for Barnga: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/inclusive-teaching/2017/07/10/barnga/