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ERIC Number: ED532983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Innovative Methods for Promoting and Assessing Intercultural Competence in Higher Education
Hiller, Gundula Gwenn
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 paper presents an intercultural training program that was developed by the Center for Intercultural Learning at the European University Viadrina in cooperation with students. A few of the student-generated activities will be described in detail. The program, aimed at enabling students to acquire intercultural competence, was developed at an international university on the German-Polish border, and with the special situation, needs and experiences of this place in mind. Local students were involved in creating the program by developing methods and exercises based on their own experiences. As the concept of intercultural competence constitutes the theoretical basis of the program, I first introduce the model we worked with. Then, I outline how the students were involved in the program's development, and I describe some especially innovative methods that arose from the students' rich experience and creativity. In this context I describe a model for peer assessment of intercultural competence. The methods depicted serve as examples for the methods that were created within the program and as examples for a new approach to classic intercultural methods such as role-plays and Critical Incident Analysis. It is shown that those methods can be used to achieve a holistic learning effect, which corresponds to the complex concept of culture and intercultural competence. Appended are: (1) Four evaluation sheets; and (2) Reflection & Analysis of Critical Incidents: C-P-S-Model. (Contains 1 figure and 10 footnotes.)[This paper was published in: Proceedings of Intercultural Competence Conference August, 2010, Vol. 1, pp.144-168.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL)
Identifiers - Location: Germany; Poland