Twelve tips for promoting learning during presentations in cross cultural settings

Med Teach. 2017 May;39(5):458-462. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1288860. Epub 2017 Feb 13.


Educators frequently learn together in cross cultural settings such as at international conferences. Cultural differences should influence how educational programs are designed and delivered to effectively support learning; cultural sensitivity and the competence to deal with such differences are important skills for health professions educators. Teaching without this approach may lead to lost learning opportunities. This article provides twelve tips for educators to consider when planning and delivering formal presentations (e.g. lectures and workshops) in cross cultural settings. The tips were constructed based on a literature review, the authors' experience, and interviews with international educators who frequently deliver and receive education in cross cultural settings. The tips are divided into three phases: (1) preparation for the session to optimize learners' experience (2) interaction when delivering the session and (3) reflection on the experience.

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Cultural Competency*
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Learning*
  • Professional Competence*