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INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING



The 'intercultural dimension' in language teaching aims to develop learners as intercultural speakers or mediators who are able to engage with complexity and multiple identities and to avoid the stereotyping which accompanies perceiving someone through a single identity.
(Council of Europe)

Intercultural understanding is one of the four key concepts of the new languages curriculum. It has two aspects:
a Appreciating the richness and diversity of other cultures
b Recognising that there are different ways of seeing the world, and developing an international outlook
(Association for Language Learning)



IC_byram.jpgByram, M. (ed). (2003) //Intercultural Competence//. Council of Europe.

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A lecture by Prof. M. Byram (Nov. 2008)



cilt.png Intercultural Understanding: Resources for the Primary Classroom.

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Byram, M., Gribkova, B., Starkey, H. (2002) DEVELOPING THE INTERCULTURAL DIMENSION IN LANGUAGE TEACHING - A PRACTICAL INTRODUCTION FOR TEACHERS. Council of Europe


Further reading:

  • Barzanò, G., Jones, J. and Spallanzani P. (eds). (1998) Same differences : intercultural learning and early foreign language teaching / Oxymoron Team. Torre Boldone : Grafital.

  • Jones, B. (1995) Exploring otherness: An approach to cultural awareness. London: CILT.