Language and Intercultural Education

Objectives

- To develop awareness, understanding and appreciation of diversity;

- to identify and critically consider issues, challenges and implications for intercultural communication;

- to manage intercultural communication both in close and virtual collaboration;

- to understand the social, cultural, and linguistic factors involved in the process of intercultural communication;

- to interpret, examine and discuss critically, written, oral and visual texts related
to the topics in debate.

- to become knowledgeable about theories and practices related to the leading topics;

- to promote intercultural dialogue between different systems of beliefs, values and attitudes;

- to reflect on intercultural learning as a transformative process of the self (personally, professionally, academically).

General characterization

Code

722171272

Credits

5.0

Responsible teacher

Ana Alexandra Gonçalves de Veloso e Matos

Hours

Weekly - 3

Total - 140

Teaching language

English

Prerequisites

N.A.

Bibliography

- Byram, M. (2020) Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence Revisited. Multilingual Matters
- Council of Europe (2018) Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture
- Council of Europe (2020) A Portfolio of Competences for Democratic Culture
- Jackson, J. (Ed.) (2020). The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication. Routledge
- Matos, A, & S. Melo-Pfeifer (Eds) (2020) Literature and Intercultural Learning in Language and Teacher Education. Peter Lang
- Porto, M. & M. Byram (2017) New Perspectives on Intercultural Language Research and Teaching. Routledge
- Rings, G. & S. Rasinger (Eds) (2020) The Cambridge Handbook of Intercultural Communication. Cambridge
- Shaules, J. (2019) Language, Culture, and the Embodied Mind. Springer
- UNESCO (2018) Preparing Teachers for Global Citizenship Education A Template

Teaching method

The course will combine theoretical and practical sessions, including presentation, demonstration, practical activities, group discussion and reflection on the topics studied. Priority is given to the practical implementation of theory, interaction and active participation of the students, working individually and in groups.
The subject aims at creating a a space for critical theoretical reflection that should help students prepare a small project or learning tasks within intercultural citizenship education.
Students will carry out small individual assignments throughout the semester and will prepare a project or learning tasks on education for intercultural citizenship. Regular contribution during classes will be subject to assessment.

Evaluation method

Students will carry out small individual assignments throughout the semester and will prepare a project or learning tasks on education for intercultural citizenship. Regular contribution during classes will be subject to assessment.(100%)

Subject matter

- Concepts of ‘culture’
- Theoretical concept of ‘interculturality’
- Issues of identity and representation
- Concepts of otherness and ‘othering’
- Stereotyping, prejudice and ethnocentricity
- Intercultural transitions (migration, study abroad) and third space
- Globalization, localization and language education
- Foreign language educators as mediators
- Language teaching and the representation of other cultures
- Critical cultural awareness
- Language and intercultural competence
- Byram’s 5 savoirs
- Intercultural citizenship education
- Materials development in intercultural perspective
- Assessing intercultural competence