International Games Resource
International Students at Medicine Hat College bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from their home countries. The MHC BFFL saw this as an opportunity to create a resource that included physically active games played in the various countries these students are from.
For the International students, English is their second language so developing lesson plans for their games on their own would be a challenge.
Through collaboration with students within the Education Program at the College, we were able to make lesson plans from 9 different countries including South Korea, Mexico, Italy, Thailand, Japan, India, Colombia, Philippines, and Brazil and combine them into one resource for teachers and physical activity leaders to bring various cultures into their physical education programs.
The development of this resource became more than just the resource itself. The initial meeting between the Education and International students allowed them to meet each other and form groups for the games they would work on. As they continued to meet, it became clear that both groups of students learned far more than expected. The International students learned about how to communicate in English and the Education students gained valuable lessons in different cultures and how to interact with people from different countries than their own. Both groups were highly impressed with this collaboration, highlighting the respect they gained for different cultures and the meaningful friendships developed through their work together.
The third meeting allowed the students to try out the different games in the gym. Everyone enjoyed this part of the collaboration as they got to play the games with their classmates and group members. There was also a plan to present the games to a group of middle school students, but this had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.
The impact of this project was far reaching. Not only did we gain a valuable resource to share with our community, the students learned so much in the topics of relationships, culture, Intercultural practices, respect and interactions with people from different countries. This work allowed the International students to get to know some of the domestic students that probably wouldn’t have occurred without this collaboration, and lasting friendships developed. The instructors of both programs found this to be so valuable that they plan on continuing to collaborate together for years to come.