APPROACHES TO INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE
This course was offered for the first time at Sophia University in the fall of 2015 and I was lucky to have a group of students as the pioneer group who through their hard work and enthusiasm made this course a success. I am very happy to see that the students appreciated the focus on cooperative analysis of texts and curiosity-driven research despite the challenge of having to do all this in a foreign language.
The positive feedback which led to the Good Practice award is a great motivation and I am looking forward to many more courses like this.
- A decent amount of case studies make this class very special. A lot of students have different backgrounds and they make this class more useful for me.
In this course we investigate the different approaches to intercultural competence, take a look at where we encounter the term in education and training in different countries and think about it from a teacher’s and a learner’s perspective. The big question we will try to answer is: "Can intercultural competence be taught at all?" If not, how can one acquire the necessary skills that the scientific, corporate and political world demand?
The course is directed towards foreign language learners, future language teachers and students with a focus/interest in education, sociology, applied linguistics and politics.
At the end of the course students will
- 1） know that there are different approaches to intercultural competence.
- 2） know a number of descriptions of skill sets and goals associated with intercultural competence.
- 3） have taken a glimpse at politics and policies surrounding the concept.
- 4） be able to further investigate the ideas behind intercultural competence.
- 5） be able to think about the aspect of intercultural competence in their own learning and teaching.