Developing Intercultural Competence in Practice (Languages for Intercultural Communication and Education, 1)

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Less a textbook than a forum for language teachers to share examples of what worked for them in teaching learners both in multicultural societies and in the study of other societies. Some common themes that the 17 chapters emphasize include: having learners become aware of the cultural phenomena of their own society as well as others; the development of analytic and interpretive skills in unfamiliar social and cultural settings; the value of collecting firsthand data outside the classroom; and the use of literary texts to stimulate emotional as well as cognitive understanding of "otherness." The contributors are academics and classroom teachers working in the UK, Europe, and Japan. Distributed by UTP Distribution.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction 1
Part 1 In the Classroom 9
1 The International Partnership Project 11
2 Teaching Intercultural Communicative Competence through Literature 29
3 'Up the Hills of Identity' 44
4 Visual Codes and Modes of Presentation of Television News Broadcasts 60
5 An Approach to Implementing a Cultural Studies Syllabus 77
6 'Family life' and 'Regional Identity'--Comparative Studies while Learning French 93
7 'It Must Be Cultural Because I Don't Do It': Cultural Awareness in Initial TESOL Teacher Education 111
Part 2 Beyond the Classroom 131
Using New Technologies
8 Virtual Intercultural Competence: A Programme for Japanese Elementary School Students 133
9 Students as Virtual Ethnographers: Exploring the Language Culture-Connection 146
10 Working in Tandem: an Anglo-French Project 162
11 New Tools for Old Tricks: Information and Communication Technology in Teaching British Cultural Studies 176
In the Field
12 Tandem Learning as an Intercultural Activity 189
13 'Why Do Danes Put Their Elderly in Nursing Homes?'--Working Outside the Classroom with Adult Second Language Learners 203
Part 3 Developing Resources 217
14 Cultural Understanding in Danish Schools 219
15 'I Thought My Teacher Fancied Me' 236
16 British and Bulgarian Christmas Cards: A Research Project for Students 246
17 Study of Landscapes as an Approach to Openness to Others 260
Further Reading 277
Index 282
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