ERIC Number: EJ698059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
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The Perception Gap in Cross-Cultural Training: An Investigation of British Council English Language Teaching Projects in China
International Journal of Educational Development, v25 n3 p287-304 May 2005
This paper examines the implementation of British Council English language teaching projects at Chinese universities. The study argues that the key to successful cross-cultural communication is an informed appreciation of the perception gap that separates donor and recipient. Cultural sensitivity and the use of a culturally appropriate methodology are of fundamental importance in educational development projects. The study argues that a local willingness to promote change is the key to sustainability of innovation. Rather than a focus on the transfer of technical skills in classrooms, the successful long-term impact of development projects depends upon professional empowerment and emancipation for the teachers.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Development, Language Teachers, English, Cultural Awareness
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Identifiers - Location: China