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ERIC Number: EJ1129137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
Intercultural Understanding and Professional Learning through Critical Engagement
Díaz, Adriana
Babel, v48 n1 p12-19 2013
Intercultural understanding is one of the seven General Capabilities identified by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority in the national curricular development currently underway. Conceiving languages education as "an endeavour focused on the development of intercultural understanding" (Liddicoat & Kohler, 2012, p. 73) requires teachers to identify and challenge their own beliefs and conceptualisations of the nature of their task as educators. This paper presents the outcomes of a small-scale professional development program designed to help languages teachers engage with this re-envisioned task. The program aimed to provide an opportunity for teachers--in primary and secondary language classrooms--to critically explore the links between language and culture and how these can be translated into classroom practices to foster learners' intercultural understanding within an action research methodological framework. This paper examines the data-driven insights yielded by this program, in particular, examples of good practice as well as teachers' personal reflections, and considers them in relation to the field of languages education and teachers' professional learning. In addition, the paper identifies emerging implications for current policies supporting the development of intercultural understanding.
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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