Please note that this course has concluded, although its content remains available for perusal. You can access the modules by enrolling in the course and clicking the "Modules" tab above; however, it is no longer possible to receive the course badge, the module badges, or the course certificate. Finally, please note that support for this course is no longer provided by the course instructors or the Teacher Academy team.


The course offers teachers an opportunity to access useful resources and exchange with peers on the challenging topic of cultural diversity in classrooms. The course is part of a 3-part series of courses exploring the topic of cultural diversity, the situation of newly arrived migrants in general and how to integrate newly arrived migrant students in schools and classrooms.

In this first course of the series, participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences of working with a culturally diverse student body, to discuss different scenarios of the positive use of cultural diversity as a learning context, to analyse teaching and other resources under the prism of effective intercultural communication, and last but not least to develop classroom activities that will potentially recognise and strengthen the class community as a culturally diverse environment.

The course is relevant to any teacher working in a culturally diverse environment or interested in developing students’ cultural awareness and expression.

The course lasts 3 weeks covering two modules. Module 1 looks at how to develop intercultural competences, and Module 2 explores how to recognize and value cultural diversity for learning in the classroom.

Upon completion of the course, participants are awarded a digital certificate and digital badges. If all three courses as part of the series are completed, a special certificate and recognition is awarded on top of the individual course certificates. The other courses in the course series are:

  • Raising Awareness about the Situation of Newly Arrived Migrants - launch date 27th March 2017
  • Newly Arrived Migrant Students in Schools & Classrooms - launch date 1st May 2017

Enroll now and join us via social media on our Facebook group and via Twitter using #diversityMOOCs

List of modules

Course Introduction

Start date: 20/02/2017 13:59

End date: 12/03/2024 23:59

Module 1: Developing intercultural competences Module 1: Developing intercultural competences

Start date: 11/03/2017 12:57

End date: 10/03/2025 23:59

Module 2: Recognising cultural diversity for learning in everyday practice Module 2: Recognising cultural diversity for learning in everyday practice

Start date: 27/02/2017 14:59

End date: 12/03/2024 23:59

To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.

Start date

20 February 2017

Target audience

The course is relevant to any teacher working with a culturally diverse student body or interested in developing students' cultural awareness and expression.


The course lasts 3 weeks from Monday, 20th February 2017 to Sunday, 12th March 2017. Approximately 3-4 hours of work are required each week to complete the course.


You will receive digital module badges for every completed module of the course as well as a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course.

Please note that in order to be eligible for the special certificate upon completion of the three courses, you should complete the series at any time within two calendar years

Course Moderators

Aikaterini Topalidou
Katja Engelhardt
Nair Carrera