Using Multicultural Nonfiction and Multimedia to Develop Intercultural Competence

  • Vicky GiouroukakisEmail author
  • Maureen Connolly
Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 17)


One of the competencies of the literate individual as outlined in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy is the ability for students to understand other perspectives and cultures and communicate effectively with diverse populations. The authors describe an approach used in the ELA classroom that combines multicultural nonfiction and multimedia to develop students’ intercultural competence. This approach encompasses an extended learning experience involving In Our Village, a series of nonfiction texts about different cultures throughout the world. Students engage in various literacy activities and use multimedia to explore the concept of culture and represent their new understandings and experiences through the publication of their own book about their cultures. The approach is intended to help ELLs and native English speakers encounter multiple perspectives and ways of life that are different from their own and develop the ability to work and communicate effectively with peers of diverse backgrounds.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of EducationMolloy CollegeRockville CentreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational Administration and Secondary EducationThe College of New JerseyEwing TownshipUSA

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