Multilingual Introductions

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Identification
Intent or purpose: 
This is a way for large groups to introduce themselves when they are several nationalities, languages present.
Types of Participants: 
This is for groups of people who speak two or more languages.
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
51-100
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Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
This should be fun and cut across differences.
Level of participation: 
high
Potential Pitfalls: 
one or two people who speak lots of languages and the rest one.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
No specific skills required
Resources Needed: 
People need to have note paper and pens.
Procedures: 

1. Welcome the group.
2. Divide the group into groups of 6 or 8 people.
3. Ask them to introduce themselves (for example, their name, hobbies, current place of residence and anything else that might connect them to the program).
4. Ask each group to list the languages spoken by the members of their group. Someone should record this.
5. Ask them to create / write a story about the people in the group using at least one word from each of the languages spoken by their group members.
6. Ask each group to tell their story and as they do so someone points to the person(s) that the story is about and the language being used.
7. Do a short debrief.
8. Thank everyone.

How flexible is the process?: 
This could be a very flexible process.
Follow-Up Required: 
None
Background
Developer: 
Jon Jenkins
History of Development: 

This was created as an opening for a discussion between university student from Bremen, Germany and Groningen, The Netherlands.

License Model: 
Free (or unattributable)
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