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A taste of cultures in a junior-high world language classroom: The necessary task of integrating intercultural competence and language for adolescents
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TitleA taste of cultures in a junior-high world language classroom: The necessary task of integrating intercultural competence and language for adolescents
AuthorAllen, Emily J.
Published2010
SubjectsIntercultural communication
Intercultural communication -- Study and teaching
Pedagogy, education and praxis
Language and languages -- Study and teaching
Multicultural education
LocationArchives LC1099.A45 2010
NotesThesis (Master of Education in World Language Instruction)--Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.), 2010.
Rights ManagementCopyright owned by Emily J. Allen.
LanguageEnglish
AbstractOur world is ever-changing and therefore the need for intercultural competence, or effective cross-cultural communication, is increasing. Although world language teachers agree that teaching culture is important, it is not prevalent in many classrooms. Through qualitative research, this paper looks at the impact of a unit within a junior high school classroom created intentionally to increase students' intercultural competence. This paper analyzes the development of intercultural competence through Milton J. Bennett's Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) and Michael Byram's objectives for teaching and assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC). The findings demonstrate how content-based instruction, inquiry-based instruction, and authentic texts, along with a focus on culture can help students develop intercultural competence.
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