To discuss in group about intercultural competences

Exercise 1

A migrant employee comes late for work. You are a supervisor. What is your reaction when he is late for:

a) two minutes

b) five minutes

c) fifteen minutes

d) an hour 

And how would the employee respond? What might be his excuse? What kind of excuses would be acceptable?

Exercise 2

You are a supervisor. An employee new to the UK agrees with everything you say and it looks like he has understood your instructions but after a while he is doing everything in his own way. What do you do? What may cause this kind of behavior? How will you proceed?

Exercise 3

You work closely with a new migrant but you are not friends with her. You don’t tell her anything about your private life because you want to separate work and socializing. Your migrant colleague asks frequently about the well-being of your parents and your children. You don’t like her questions because they seem too private to you. What do you do? Why do you think she is asking?

Exercise 4

You are a cleaner and you are working with a migrant as a pair. You have finished your work for today when the supervisor comes to see you. Your migrant colleague starts working again even though everything has been done already. What do you think is the reason for her reaction? What should you do?

Exercise 5

You are a teacher in vocational education. You know that there has been a misunderstanding between a migrant student and some other students. The migrant student has often been absent after the incident. When you talk to the migrant student, he just smiles and says that everything is okay. You don’t think this is true. What do you do? What do you think might cause his behavior?