In this 42-page guide, available free from the Council of Europe authors Michael Byram, Bella Gribkova and Hugh Starkey offer practical insights for classroom language teachers. The topics covered in this resource include answers to questions such as:
- What is the intercultural dimension of language teaching?
- What knowledge, skills, attitudes and values are involved in intercultural competence?
- Do I need to be a native speaker?
- How can I promote the intercultural dimension if I have to follow a set curriculum and teach grammar?
- How do I deal with learners’ stereotypes and prejudices?
- How do I overcome my own stereotypes and misconceptions?
- How do I assess intercultural competence?
This is a brilliant piece of work that includes extracts from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and an extensive bibliography.
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.