Module I: Cultural Awareness

TOPIC 2: Awareness of the culture of others, acknowledgement of clients/patients’ diverse cultural identities

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1 Too Quick to Judge

Demasiado rápido para juzgar.


A short-film that teaches us that we shouldn’t be too quick to judge people. If  we want to link with other, we should consider both our and the other’s needs and peculiarities. It is particularly true when the relation involves people in special needs.

The touching short-video regards the deafness and the specific communicative channel of deaf-people.

It includes two different level of analysis: an explicit and realistic one, and a metaphorical one, just because deafness can be a social illness, too.

Video (3’ 42”) English

with Italian and Spanish subtitles

Learners should watch the video and reflect on their personal experience.

They should be able to catch the metaphoric meaning of deafness. For example, they should wonder their selves: “Who is the deaf in this video?”

-Individual learning reflection
2 gestures around  the World

Gestos alrededor del mundo


People can communicate across verbal or non-verbal language. This latter is more important, above all because it can have different meanings in different part of the world. This matter is shown like a tour across gestures around the world — from the French sign for “drunk,” to obscene Brazilian gesturing, as well as the Bulgarian custom of nodding to mean “no” instead of “yes.” Video is quite easy and funny and shows gestures have an important cultural component.

Video (2”) English

with Spanish subtitles

Learners can learn different meanings of different gestures. They should get more conscious with both their and the other’s gestures.

We suggest to share gestures with other learners from other countries in order to increase their competencies.



3 Culture Iceberg


Iceberg represents a good image just to talk about complexity of the culture. In fact, every culture shows a surface level, that all people can easily get, and an underground level, the big one. Getting the aspects of the underground level means getting the other’s point-of-view.

Thus, it is important people know language, food, dress, etc. of the other, as well as religion, spiritual beliefs, concept of justice, how emotions are managed, and so on. The latter aspects represent the deeper part of every culture. At this level, that is not always shown, culture represents a key factor for good relationships among people.

Video (1’ 50”) English Learners should reflect on the two level of the culture: the more surface one and the deeper and bigger one.

Learners should be able to list some peculiarities on both their own culture, values, habits and the other’s culture, values, habits.

-Individual reflection

4 Cultural Aspects of Nursing


A learning tool to assess prior, needed, and learned knowledge.

It is composed of some case-questions and learner is called to provide the best answer, in line with the basic concepts of cultural-awareness.

The best answers are explained, in order to push other reflections among learners.

SlideShare (19 slides) English Learners can use this tool as  self- assessment.

Furthermore, earners should be able to answer correctly, just because the prior learned concepts. If they are not able to do this, they should revise the previous contents.
5 The Intouchables

“Quasi Amici” (Italian Version)

trailer “INTOCABLE” (spanish version)


The trailer of the famous movie is aimed to suggest a deeper analysis of the matter.

Based on a true story, Untouchables recounts the unlikely friendship between an exceedingly wealthy quadriplegic (rendered immobile by a paragliding accident), and his impecunious caretaker (a streetwise immigrant from Senegal).

In this sense, the film is a tale of two civitates, the refined world of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where the well-coiffed-and-coutured break from shopping with kir royales at Les Deux Magots, and the rough-edged banlieue, the suburbs of Paris where the gendarmerie refuse to go, or so it’s said.

Untouchables is infectiously ebullient and delightfully insouciant, a sentimental send-up of modern society and an endearing testament to human resilience and empathy

Video (1’ 51”) French trailer with English, Italian and Spanish subtitles -the Trailer of Movie should improve the learners’curiosity to study in depth the matter. Thus, it is important in order to  suggest to learners to watch the whole film.

-Individual learning reflection

-Suggested resource to deepen



6 Il Linguaggio del Corpo


Massimo Binelli (a Mental Coach) explains the importance of no-verbal language.

Massimo Binelli (un Mental Coach, ossia un allenatore della mente) l’importanza del linguaggio non verbale e come diventare sempre più consapevoli di ciò che il nostro corpo (attraverso la mimica facciale, i nostri gesti, il tono della voce, etc) comunica all’altro. Quello verbale è un canale di comunicazione che usiamo sempre e spesso in modo inconsapevole. Occorre diventare consapevoli, invece, di esso per stabilire relazioni migliori con gli altri.

Video (6’ 15”) Italian -Individual learning and reflection

-Group reflection
7 Linguaggio del corpo: comunicazione non verbale efficace persuasiva. PNL, microespressioni


Video consists of two simulations where the important of no-verbal communication is shown.

The Neuro-Linguistic Program can provide useful tool to better communicate with other.

Video (6’ 17”) Italian -Individual learning and reflection