A Question of Inclusion: Intercultural Competence, Systematic Racism, and the North American German Classroom

  • Adrienne MerrittEmail author


This chapter focuses on the question of inclusion for Students of Color in the US German Classroom and the impact that the intercultural method may have upon marginalized students when German culture is essentialized and portrayed in a stereotypical fashion. It also engages with a critical analysis of culture and the division between culture and language, as well as the racialization that occurs for Students of Color at American colleges and universities. My central argument outlines how the emphasis should be placed upon the educator rather than the student and that, despite the popularity of buzz words such as “inclusion,” “diversity,” and the “inclusive classroom,” German curriculum objectives are not meeting the needs of marginalized students.


Systematic racism Inclusion Intercultural competence 


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  1. 1.Washington and Lee UniversityLexingtonUSA

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