Instructional Objective The learner will be able to identify the nationality of a person based on social interactions which include visual or written information about that person's country or culture.
Learners/Context The learners are American businesspersons who are considering world travel for business or pleasure, or any citizen of the United States interested in learning more about appropriate social conduct when traveling in foreign countries.
This card game can be used by the learners after studying educational information presented by the corporate education programs division of IBM on foreign cultures and contexts.
Rationale World Citizen is a simple card game based on matching two cards. The game allows each learner to recall/remember the rules of social interaction within foreign countries and receive instant feedback on each play decision. Competition becomes a significant motivator when play is within a group of two to four people.
A card game is useful for this type of instruction for several reasons. The amount of material to be learned is discrete and well-defined, the required learning of classifying objectives lends itself well to a card game, and having a card game introduces a unique way of learning this material.
Each player is an important American businessperson visiting the World Citizen Village of Commerce where you meet many people from all over the world. You give speeches, facilitate seminars, arrange and attend parties, as well as conduct important business transactions with people from foreign countries. Because you are interested in maintaining good business relationships, within a structure of respect for cultural differences, you need to correctly determine each person's nationality. Two to four players per game.
Rules The game is played in the following manner:
1. One person chooses to be the dealer. The dealer separates the cards into two decks: nationality cards and situation cards and shuffles each deck. The situation deck is put back in the playing card box and placed face up in the center of the playing area. All nationality cards are dealt out equally and held privately by each player.
2. The player to the left of the dealer begins play by pulling a card from the top of the situation deck, reads the paragraph about a social interaction on the front face of the card, and then places the card face up next to the situation deck.
Card Design Face Up Cards for Social Situation and Nationality
Back of Cards for Social Situation and Nationality
Deck Design There are two types of cards used in the game:
1. Situation Cards: There are 25 situation cards. Face up the card includes a title and a paragraph describing the social interaction between an American and a person from a foreign country. Face down the card includes a "Match Box" with numbers that correspond to correct nationality card matches and winning "Points" to be counted at the end of the game if this card is won.
2. Nationality Cards: There are 36 nationality cards. Face up the card includes the name of the nationality and the nationality number to be matched to the face down side of the situation card. Face down the card includes the "Points" to be counted at the end of the game if this card is won.
Design Process My first design decision concerned how the instructional material fit into my inital card game design. The original design contained three cards: social situation, nationality and environment. I found the game far too complex with three elements to consider so I combined social situation and environment into one card. Two matches, situation and nationality, are simpler and provide an element of fast play and close competition.
I wanted to make sure that beyond a minimal element of chance (i.e., the cards you are dealt) that the performance of the player would be based on their knowledge and recall of the rules of social interaction. Therefore, a player may forfeit a card rather than place an inappropriate card on the table that just "gives away points" to the winner.
At the end of the game, all nationality cards still held in hand are discarded. In this way no one is penalized for not having enough social situations to match their nationality cards.