Advertisement

Intercultural Competence: Examples of Internationalizing the Curriculum through Students’ Interactions

  • Susana Eisenchlas
  • Susan Trevaskes
Chapter

Abstract

In our increasingly globalized societies, there is a growing need for us, as educators, to perceive ourselves as ‘citizens of the world who are comfortable with diverse peoples’ (Harrigan & Vicenti, 2004, p. 119). Thus the development of intercultural communication is recognized as one of the key competences required of future graduates, and has become enshrined in all Australian Universities’ Mission Statements. Despite this recognition, there has been no comprehensive blueprint to explain how this imperative translates into the classroom situation. If universities are to prepare graduates that can communicate appropriately in a number of contexts and settings, then it may be more efficient to create situations where students can develop this competence through meaningful interactions. This chapter discusses three such approaches that use the international student population and the local migrant community to introduce, practice and negotiate cultural understandings in the target language.

Keywords

International Student Chinese Student Intergroup Contact Intercultural Communication Local Student 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Resources

  1. Dlaska, A. (2000). Integrating culture and language learning in institution-wide language programmes. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 13 (3), 247–63.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Knight, J. (1999). Internationalisation of higher education. In J. Knight & H. de Wit (eds). Quality and internationalisation in higher education (pp. 13–28 ). Paris: OECD.Google Scholar
  3. Kramsch, C. (1991). Culture in language learning: A view from the United States. In K. de Bot, R. B. Ginsberg & C. Kramsch (eds), Foreign language research in cross-cultural perspective (pp. 217–40 ). Amsterdam: Benjamins.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Yang, R. (2002). University internationalisation: Its meanings, rationales and implications. Intercultural Education, 13 (1), 81–95.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susana Eisenchlas
  • Susan Trevaskes

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations