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“Awareness is irreversible": ICC in Teacher Education.

2019-09-27
Çopur, Deniz
Although foreign language teachers try to integrate the cultural dimension into their classes, this attempt is usually in the knowledge level and based on the coursebook that gives superficial information about different cultures. However, understanding the customs and practices of other cultures, having a critical look at one's own culture, and identifying the relation and discovering ways of managing interaction between/ among different cultures are the skills we expect an intercultural citizen to have. These are also the skills we, English language teachers in an EFL country, are responsible for developing in our learners as English is the global medium of any type of intercultural communication. This workshop aims to present a session that integrates interculturality into foreign language classroom taking Byram’s (1997) framework of teaching and assessing intercultural communicative competence (ICC).The short lesson sample in the workshop is designed for young adult learners studying in the tertiary level and used as a demo lesson with pre-service student teachers. During the workshop, authentic student-teacher responses will be shared to illustrate how teacher education and teacher training may have a snowball impact on the critical cultural awareness of both teachers and students by developing the skills to discover the unknown and to manage interaction for negotiation.