Examine your LENS: A Tool for Interpreting Cultural Differences

  • Tracey Rundstrom Williams
Keywords: LENS, Study abroad, Cultural perspective, Models, Intercultural understanding

Abstract

The Examine your LENS method is a visual, experiential, and memorable technique of four steps to understand cultural differences and intercultural interactions. These steps are grounded in experiential learning theory and utilize the skills, attitudes, and perspectives needed for intercultural competence.  By implementing these four steps, individuals can recognize biases and appreciate a different perspective, as well as actively engage with the local culture. As educators who want our students to be actively involved in their own learning, self-aware, and engaged in the local culture, this technique is an ideal tool.

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Author Biography

Tracey Rundstrom Williams

Tracy Rundstrom Williams is the Associate Director of the Center for International Studies: TCU Abroad at Texas Christian University, which sends over 450 students abroad each year. She also oversees TCU’s Certificate in International Studies, and teaches courses on intercultural communication and language and gender. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Published
2013-01-15
How to Cite
Williams, T. R. (2013). Examine your LENS: A Tool for Interpreting Cultural Differences. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 22(1), 148-165. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v22i1.324