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Greetings from the Pacific Northwest!


BIOGRAPHIC CARD: OSKAR VALLAZZA

PhD applicant at:

Deakin University, Center for Citizenship and  Globalization, Melbourne

Intercontinental M.Ed. in Adult Learning and Global Change

Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies

MOTTO

The world is an amazing place….

SENSE OF PLACE

AustraliaPrague….SpainSouth Pacific….Tyrol….Pacific Northwest

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Oscar Vallazza is an eclectic interculturalist who contributes his international experience to the success of his teaching. He grew up in South Tyrol, a trilingual region in the European Alps, and has lived abroad for most of his adult life. Issues of geographic, language and cultural adaptation are important aspects of his personal experience. He learned to deal with complex cross-cultural dynamics and to use intercultural understanding and empathy in dealing with people of different cultures, and over the years he has acquired considerable intercultural competencies. He is fluent in English, German, Italian, and Dutch, and has a good understanding of Spanish and French.

His professional experience in International Education spans over several years. His teaching background focuses around Intercultural communication, foreign languages, and the humanities, and includes many years working as teacher of ESL, Italian, College success classes, and Intercultural Communication. His teaching approach combines both theoretical and experiential components to create a learning environment that promotes growth and transformation, and provides students with a dynamic forum for discussion. As a specialist in adult education, he supports the use of multimedia and on-line teaching tools, along with cooperative and participatory learning practices.

He remains very interested in qualitative research that emphasizes the participatory role of the researcher in exploring the intercultural experience of multicultural people. His main research interests include Multicultural identity, processes of intercultural adaptation, change and transformation ensuing from multiple intercultural relocations, and processes of intercultural learning.

THE WORLD IS AN AMAZING PLACE……
This website is dedicated to my personal exploratory voyage through the Master’s Programme in Adult Learning and Global Change at Linköping University.

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It was a voyage of discovery that started in 2008 and developed through my graduation in June 2010, following the presentation of my Research Thesis. (for more on my research, click on the RESEARCH TAB in the upper bar)

The title of my thesis was: Processes of nurturing and maintenance of multicultural identity in the 21st century: A qualitative study of the experience of long-term transcultural sojourners.

Published at Linköping University Press.

Here is how it all began…….

I am a graduate student in the Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and Global Change at Linköping University,  Sweden, a collaborative programme of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, the University of Western Cape, Cape Town and Monash University, Melbourne.

I was born and raised in Europe, in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps, on the sunny southern side of the watershed that divides and connects Central Europe from its Mediterranean neighbors. I have travelled extensively and lived in many places — Munich, Amsterdam, Trent, Sydney, Seattle, San Francisco, Prague.

I am fluent in English, German, Italian, Dutch and have a good understanding of Spanish, French and Afrikaans. Over the years I have developed an appreciation for all the places I lived at, their cultures and their specific environmental aspects. I love great landscapes and urban settings that retain a human dimension, i.e. have user-friendly public transport, green areas, access to natural landscapes, traffic regulations that put people first.

My previous studies were in the area of intercultural communication, which I view as my life call. I am an alumnus of World Learning’ s SIT (now SIT Graduate Institute). I believe in building bridges across cultural differences, and in fostering and promoting cultural diversity. I do not believe in nationalism,  as I envision society as a mosaic of experiences, histories and narratives – each deserving respect and recognition – that contribute to a third-culture transformative paradigmal shift.

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