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Why a comparative approach to the teaching of culture is valuable

Why a comparative approach to the teaching of culture is valuable

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  • Notes on Intercultural Competency in Virtual Exchanges see the Cultura Project at MIT for more information http://cultura.mit.edu these slides come from a talk by the Cultura Authors, Gilberte Furstenberg and Sabine Levet at CALICO 2013. Wednesday, July 3, 13
  • MLA Report (2007) The development of students "translingual and transcultural competence […] is one of five imperative needs to which higher education must respond in the next ten years if it is to remain relevant”. http://www.mla.org/flreport Wednesday, July 3, 13
  • The Council of Europe Necessity to integrate the 'Intercultural Dimension' into the aims of language teaching --à Publication of a handbook (2002)Developing the intercultural dimension in language teaching – a practical introduction for teachers. Wednesday, July 3, 13
  • Definition of Intercultural skills by CEFR (a guideline published by the COE) Wednesday, July 3, 13
  • Definition of Intercultural skills by CEFR (a guideline published by the COE) Ability to bring the culture of origin and the foreign culture into relation with each other. Cultural sensitivity and the ability to identify and use a variety of strategies for contact with those of foreign cultures. Capacity to fulfill the role of cultural intermediary between one’s own culture and the foreign culture and to deal effectively with intercultural misunderstandings and conflict situations. Ability to overcome stereotyped relationships. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages : learning, teaching, assessment Wednesday, July 3, 13
  • A new challenge for us? —Above all, we want to demonstrate that an Intercultural Dimension does not mean yet another new method of language teaching but rather a natural extension of what most teachers recognize as important […] The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages : learning, teaching, assessment —However, we are very adept at teaching language, but not necessarily at teaching intercultural communication. —What skills do we need to have, as teachers? Wednesday, July 3, 13
  • Report of the Council of Europe (continued) The 'best' teacher is neither the native nor the non-native speaker, but the person who can help learners see relationships between their own and other cultures, can help them acquire interest in and curiosity about 'otherness', and an awareness of themselves and their own cultures seen from other people's perspectives. (2002) Wednesday, July 3, 13
  • Why use a comparative approach? A demonstration ---à Wednesday, July 3, 13
  • French coffee cups… What can you say? Wednesday, July 3, 13
  • Coffee cups in France and in the US Wednesday, July 3, 13
  • Making more comparisons… Wednesday, July 3, 13
  • Coffee cups as seen in a somewhat larger context: can you say a bit more? Wednesday, July 3, 13