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A selection of free websites and downloadable materials relating to language and culture in countries around the world. Review the sites before using them in your primary classroom and take care to supervise children online.
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A theoretical construct for cross-cultural competence, language proficiency, and regional expertise. Intercultural competence is the ability to communicate successfully with people of other cultures . In interactions with people from foreign cultures, a person who is interculturally competent understands the culture-specific concepts of perception , thinking, feeling, and acting. Intercultural competence is also called "cross-cultural competence" (3C). [ edit ] Basics Cultures can be different not only between continents or nations but also within the same company and even within the same family .
Welcome to the intercultural understanding toolkit. The purpose of these pages is to examine in more depth how language departments can develop a stronger emphasis on culture in their key stage 3 curriculum. The importance of modern foreign languages Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people.
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One of the jobs I do fairly regularly is observe trainers in action, and one thing I've noticed time and time again is that although the class is having fun and appears to be happy with what the trainer is doing, no-one seems to be questioning whether or not the training is really going to help them in the real world. Many learners seem to pass responsibility for what happens in the classroom to the trainer, who "knows best", and whose main job it seems is to keep everyone entertained, while at the same time organising activities which seem to be about "business English". Now there might be very good reasons for this.