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ERIC Number: ED532979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
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Preparing an Intercultural Program for University Studies Abroad
Zumbihl, Helene
Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) (NJ3), Paper presented at the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) Intercultural Competence Conference (ICC) (Aug 2010)
This article focuses on how to teach intercultural communicative competence to learners of English as a foreign language enrolled in a university exchange program in Europe, and help them become "intercultural speakers." The intercultural speaker can be defined as an intermediary between his or her own culture and the other's culture. Intercultural competence is a skill to be acquired. Significant elements of this process were identified during a three-year action-research project with students learning English as part of their business degree at Mulhouse University (France). The outcomes of this project were in turn used to design a specific course to prepare Erasmus students for a stay in a European university where they complete a master's degree in disciplines other than English. The purpose of this course is to improve both the linguistic and cultural adaptation of these students, help them reach greater intercultural awareness and thus become real "intercultural speakers." In this article, I first discuss the theoretical background of the course. Next, I examine the learning context for which this course was designed and detail the implementation process of the course. Finally, I report on the outcomes of the course. (Contains 1 table.) [This paper was published in: Proceedings of Intercultural Competence Conference August, 2010, Vol. 1, pp. 424-439.]
Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCCL). P.O. Box 210073, CCIT Room 337, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85722. Tel: 520-626-8071; Fax: 520-626-3313; e-mail: cerccl@email.arizona.edu; Web site: http://cercll.arizona.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL)
Identifiers - Location: France