Global Intercultural Certificate (GIC) Program

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To purposefully and meaningfully engage students in relevant, intercultural course and project work, in order to gently and incrementally prepare them to embrace cultural diversity and globalization.


There will be three modules that comprise the certificate program for students to complete over 2-3 years, this is at the student’s discretion. To enter the program, the student has to fill out an online certificate program application with a template for a plan of action and submit these documents at the beginning of their first year’s involvement in this certificate program.


In order to receive this certificate, students will complete requirements from three modules. Module 1 is a total of 125 hours of study in a second language as well as completion of an intercultural studies course. (This may be offered outside of the timetable.) Module 2 entails the completion of Social Studies 10 and 11 and Comparative Civilizations or History 12 courses plus 12 credits prescribed in this document. Module 3 includes the choice of a local or global service learning component, hosting an international student in the home for 5 months or longer, and such possibilities as student exchanges and travel tourism. SD8-Certificate-Modules Experts in the field of 21st learning such as, Will Richardson, understand that “Content is everywhere, teachers are everywhere, and learning occurs everywhere.” As educators we understand the need to innovate, individualize and personalize learning for our students because we know that learning will be more widely distributed in the future and far more accessible due to current technologies that exist around the world. All three modules in this certificate program are designed to create an experiential learning framework that will transform learning for students and support teachers with critical pedagogy shifts. All three modules will help students demonstrate leadership and social change characteristics through these individual values:
  • Consciousness of self through an awareness of values, attitudes and emotions
  • Congruence through thinking and feeling with consistency and honesty toward others
  • Commitment to a project, an idea, and learning.
And these Group values of:
  • Collaboration
  • Civil Respect
  • Citizenship
  • Controversy that surrounds civility and religion
Module 1: International Languages and Cross Cultural Communication
A minimum of 125 hours in second language study Courses could include:
  • ELL levels 1-5
  • FSL 9,10,11,12
  • Francais Langue 9,10,11,12
  • Spanish 10,11
  • Sign language
  • Aboriginal Language Study
  • Study of any of the BC Ministry recognized language courses for equivalency
Online study of a language as chosen by the student through a recognized Ministry of Education distance learning distributor.Private tutoring sessions in a language of the student's choice for a minimum of 5 months (meeting at least once per week.
Module 2: International and Leadership Coursework
Social Studies 10 and 11 and Comparative Civilizations or History 12Students will inter-culturalize their assignments within their regular course work in consultation with the subject teacher. Students will take 12 credits from the following courses:
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Global Perspectives
  • Geography 12
  • Business or Economics
  • Psychology
  • Art
  • World Literature
  • Recreation Leadership
  • Music courses
  • Drama
  • Dance
Other possibilities:
  • Legal Studies or Law classes
  • Food Studies as it relates to International Cuisine
  • Biology
  • Foresty Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Earth Science
  • Accounting or applied mathematics
  • Course work from another country
  • Suggestions by students
Module 3: Service Learning and Intercultural Experience and Engagement
Service learning in our communities or abroad for a minimum duration of 5 months or longer and the equivalent of 25 hours at clubs at the school or a non-profit community organization. OrHosting of an international student or exchange student in the Canadian student's family home for a minimum of 5 months or longer OrActive Participation in school clubs such as:
  • Amnesty International
  • Amnesty International
  • Social Justice
  • Culture Club
  • Debate Club
  • Model UN
  • Volunteer Clubs
  • School trips with a focus on intercultural perspectives
Demonstration of Certificate Program Requirements:
Once the three modules have been completed, students will be required to submit proof of their completions in the form of: SD8-Certificate-Requirements Which will be accompanied by the final component of the Intercultural Certificate Program Final Component of the certificate program: a one-page submission that outlines how all of the module components have been fulfilled. This will be followed by a formal presentation/interview in which the student will answer the following questions:
  1. What does it mean to you to be an intercultural citizen?
  2. How has service learning, or living with someone from another culture or working with someone from another culture on a project, or a study abroad experience changed the way you think about people from other cultures?
  3. How has involvement in the Intercultural Certificate Program confirmed or altered your future path?
Students will have the opportunity to design their interview and express their answers to the questions in a variety of ways, which could include:
  • E-Portfolio
  • Oral presentation to a select panel of adults and students
  • A multimedia project (audio, video, PowerPoint, other)
  • Journal submission (honest observations about your observations and feeling and not a log book of tasks, events, times, and dates.)
  • A visual or performing arts presentation
  • Other possibilities as proposed by the student
Intercultural Certificate Application Form