LLED565B – Interculturality in Language Education: Theories, Research, and Practice

Intercultural Education: Theories, Research, and Practice | In education, intercultural competence has been defined in many ways, from cultural differences or mélanges (Dervin, 2010) to specific kinds of knowledge or savoirs (Byram, 1997), to a synthesis of themes that center on empathy, perspective taking, and adaptability (Deardorff, 2009). This course examines intercultural learning as a way of mediating understanding across multiple frames of reference that engage a dynamic complex of diverse beliefs, values, assumptions, and actions which are grounded in differential power relations. Students consider interculturality within the context of education, specifically as it pertains to the learning and teaching of language. The principal aim of the course is to provide teachers and teacher educators with resources to investigate and integrate productive ways of interpreting intercultural processes in their classrooms and beyond. Course content focuses on conceptual origins of culture and language, historical beginnings of intercultural research, as well as non-Western orientations and discourse approaches to interculturality. It includes an overview of well-known models of intercultural competence for assessment and considers intercultural teaching and learning in language classrooms, on study abroad, and in digital environments, while taking into account the integration of local Indigenous perspectives.