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Paths to Interculturality
Hélène Girardon 5 June 2013
Transcript of Paths to Interculturality
foreign language instruction is inaccurate and incomplete"
(Yale University Teachers Institute) Paths to Interculturality Learn Cultures? How? Educate yourself Be proactive Have the right mindset (source: www.yale.edu) We are culture-bound individuals who tend to make premature and inappropriate value judgments
the study of different cultures aids us to understanding and respecting other peoples and their ways of life For Humanity Appreciate diversity
Don't be culture-centered
Don't judge! Don't judge others' experience
of interculturality either. What do you think? Any comments? What do I do
stereotypes? Fight them? Use them? Question them? Can you fold culture into a texbook? Can it be appealing? Will it be accurate? Can you downsize culture to travel guide format? But it can't hurt to try, right? Think of this:
It might affect your mindset into looking for patterns
It pushes you to see others as representatives of their cultures
It can close your mind to interculturality Do not try
this on exchange programme! Oh no... Show/Teach each other cultures Talk about it / explain /compare Go
further! Create interculturality What do you learn,
when you learn about cultures? Why is it commonly accepted
that you should learn cultures? (source: www.yale.edu) Ways of feeling, thinking acting shared with others
internalized patterns for doing certain things in certain ways
a group’s achievements and contributions to civilization What culture encompasses (source: www.yale.edu) Any item of behavior, tradition or pattern can only be understood in light of its meaning to the people who practice it
A knowledge of the codes of behavior of another people is crucial to communicate fully with them For communication You have questioned stereotypes
Question your reaction to stereotypes What does it mean? In your career and your travels: You have an open and tolerant mind
You are aware of stereotypes Keep on-going introspection
Constantly question yourself and your judgment You have learnt about the culture
Learn into the culture What does it mean? In your career You have learned about corporate culture
and business communication. Learn about preeminent companies and the economical history In your travels Done with your travel guidebook Move on to local literature One step further for
the open-minded traveler One step further for
the educated traveler One step further for
the proactive traveler What does it mean? In your career You have focused your attention on intercultural communication. Focus on using all cultures in the project/mission at hand. In your travels You have engaged intercultural exchanges Set to find activities/project to build together You've tried teaching each others
Try building together Any step to improve intercultural communication is a good step to take:
learn, research, imitate, compare, experience...
But if you want to be intercultural, then move to new challenges:
grow, build, create... Mindset Behavior Knowledge (2010 © 43 Films ASB) You are open to cultures: you can discover new things
you have an understanding of cultures: you can avoid faux-pas
you behavior is proactive: you can experience cultural exchanges Are you there yet? Is it enough? Have you built on intercultural resources?
Have you created a new space of communication?
Is it interculturality?
mindset, knowledge, attitude are only tools When you do so, you are in INTERCULTURALITY It's not a place you reach,
it's a space you co-create
It's not a destination,
it's an achievement yourself
each other together How is it done? Following this trend to a deeper approach to interculturality, more and more Institutes of higher education and life-long learning offer project-based language and intercultural course Project based immersion programme in University of Winconsin Performing arts Engaging Religious Pluralism & Urban Service Inclusive Community Partnerships Formula Student, an international construction competitions is offered to Foreign Languages and International Project Management students Hochschule Karlsruhe University See the 3 levels: Share Create Observe watch, read, learn, document build, achieve exchange, compare, experience across cultures Intercultural! What happens? Your perspective evolves
You gain better knowledge of yourself
self-evaluation becomes more accurate What is the
difference? Shrink-to-fit, simplified keys to the culture The actual culture Great for survival stages! exceptions, clichés, contributions, habits, perceptions, History... Your open-mindedness is self-evaluated - it's not guaranteed to be perceived as open.
Your knowledge quality and quantity depend on intercultural communication writers' will.
Think of the limitations of exchange-based cultural experience - what would be even deeper? Ex: "Why am I shocked/surprised/interested?" Think of this: It's not about your culture
It's not about other cultures
It's about what can be created in the space between This show:
For exchanges on
language and culture education