Teaching Intercultural Competence Across the Age Range: From Theory to Practice

Edited by: Manuela Wagner, Dorie Conlon Perugini, Michael Byram

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This ground-breaking book is the first to describe in detail how teachers, supported by university educators and education advisers, might plan and implement innovative ideas based on sound theoretical foundations. Focusing on the teaching and learning of intercultural communicative competence in foreign language classrooms in the USA, the authors describe a collaborative project in which graduate students and teachers planned, implemented and reported on units which integrated intercultural competence in a systematic way in classrooms ranging from elementary to university level. The authors are clear and honest about what worked and what didn't, both in their classrooms and during the process of collaboration. This book will be required reading for both scholars and teachers interested in applying academic theory in the classroom, and in the teaching of intercultural competence.

This long-awaited book bridges theory to practice in an accessible and engaging way; teachers explain to other teachers how they successfully integrated an intercultural component in their pre-existing unit plans. Each of the eight chapters models the optimal use of authentic cultural contexts and provides theoretical justifications for the inclusion of an intercultural component. This book is a valuable resource for new teachers, veteran teachers, and pre-service teachers.

Paula Garrett-Rucks, Georgia State University, USA

This collection provides both inspiration and a practical roadmap for language teachers interested in supporting the development of intercultural competence. Clear, accessible, and focused on classroom practice (yet thoroughly grounded in theory and research), this an invaluable resource for teachers!

Stacey Margarita Johnson, Vanderbilt University, USA

This is action research at its finest. Authors who feel like trusted colleagues design lessons and then adapt them in accordance with their observations of student behavior and learning. This work includes open and honest discussions about the triumphs and learning opportunities associated with their research, making suggestions for moving ahead with the project and adapting the project for future iterations.

Joan Campbell, Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School, USA

[This book] makes an essential contribution to the field of ICC and language education by systematically applying the theory of ICC to foreign language pedagogy and promotes a greater understanding of the concerns, strategies, and challenges associated with designing and implementing ICC lessons by examining teachers' perspectives as they teach ICC in their language classrooms.

International Journal of Communication 14 (2020)

Manuela Wagner is Associate Professor of Foreign Language Education and Director of the German Language and Culture Program at the University of Connecticut, USA.

Dorie Conlon Perugini is a Spanish teacher at Naubuc Elementary School in Glastonbury Public Schools, USA.

Michael Byram is Professor Emeritus at the University of Durham, UK and Guest Professor at the University of Luxembourg.

1. Manuela Wagner, Dorie Conlon Perugini and Michael Byram: Introduction
2. Patty Silvey and Silke Gräfnitz: Houses Around the World (4th grade)
3. Dorie Conlon Perugini: Discovering Modes of Transportation (4th grade)
4. Philip Rohrer and Lauren Kagan: Using the Five Senses to Explore Cities (6th grade)
5. Jean Despoteris and Komo Ananda: Intercultural Competence: Reflecting on Daily Routines (8th grade)
6. Deanne Wallace and Jocelyn Tamborello-Noble: Diverse Perspectives of the Immigrant Experience (10th and 11th grade)
7. Chelsea Connery and Sarah Lindstrom: Beauty and Aesthetics (11th and 12th grade)
8. Manuela Wagner and Niko Tracksdorf: IC Online: Fostering the Development of Intercultural Competence in Virtual Language Classrooms (University students)
9. Lauren Rommal and Michael Byram: Becoming Interculturally Competent Through Study and Experience Abroad (Teachers)
10. Rita Oleksak, Manuela Wagner, Dorie Conlon Perugini and Michael Byram: Conclusion

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