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Students engage in ‘speed culturing’ to learn more about one another and the world

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img_5142The suggested topics of conversation were not surprising until you realized they were being shared by 26 students representing 10 languages.

Speed Culturing was the exercise at PCC’s Rock Creek Campus on Nov. 16 that brought together ESOL and Business Technology students who speak Chinese, Persian, French, Arabic, Spanish, Vietnamese, Nepali, Hebrew, Korean and English. International students, immigrants and refugees switched partners every five minutes and tackled such topics as Portland culture, the recent election, the use of drones in business, the environment, and online commerce. Except for Portland culture, all other topics are those of global concern that influence all of the countries represented in the exercise.

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PCC offers this limited open forum as an extension of the respectful, well-reasoned discourse we expect in our classroom discussions. As such, we welcome all viewpoints, but monitor comments to be sure they stick to the topic and contribute to the conversation. We will remove them if they contain or link to abusive material, personal attacks, profanity, off-topic items, or spam. This is the same behavior we require in our hallways and classrooms. Our online spaces are no different.

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