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ERIC Number: ED532980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
Taking on Nationalism in the Name of Intercultural Competence
Meadows, Bryan
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)
Nationalism presents significant challenges to intercultural competence instruction. On the one hand, nationalism promotes the compartmentalization of communities into mutually-exclusive and discretely-defined nationalist entities. In complementary fashion, nationalism also advocates the homogenization of cultural and linguistic practices within communities according to arbitrary standards. Language classrooms that do not address these dual complications do so at the expense of intercultural competence development. This is because nationalist borders and standards provide justification for the marginalization of the in-between, inter-connected third spaces that intercultural competence calls for. To facilitate critical classroom engagement with nationalism, this paper promotes the terms, "nationalist border practices" and "nationalist standard practices", two terms that capture the dual constraints of nationalism on intercultural competence instruction. The terms offer terminology for students and teachers to perceive nationalism as a daily routine practice, to identify the challenges posed by nationalist commonsense, and to take agency over such practices in the interest of intercultural competence development. Classroom activities that lend themselves to the inclusion of these two terms are highlighted from the existing literature. To conclude, the paper takes the two terms as a launching pad for re-imagining language instruction as a true training ground for intercultural and inter-lingual individuals. [This paper was published in: Proceedings of Intercultural Competence Conference August, 2010, Vol. 1, pp. 262-280.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL)