This ground-breaking book is the first to describe in detail how teachers, supported by university educators and education advisers, might plan and implement innovative ideas based on sound theoretical foundations. Focusing on the teaching and learning of intercultural communicative competence in foreign language classrooms in the USA, the authors describe a collaborative project in which graduate students and teachers planned, implemented and reported on units which integrated intercultural competence in a systematic way in classrooms ranging from elementary to university level. The authors are clear and honest about what worked and what didn't, both in their classrooms and during the process of collaboration. This book will be required reading for both scholars and teachers interested in applying academic theory in the classroom, and in the teaching of intercultural competence.
Manuela Wagner is Associate Professor of Foreign Language Education and Director of the German Language and Culture Program at the University of Connecticut, USA. Dorie Conlon Perugini is a Spanish teacher at Naubuc Elementary School in Glastonbury Public Schools, USA. Michael Byram is Professor Emeritus at the University of Durham, UK and Guest Professor at the University of Luxembourg.
1. Manuela Wagner, Dorie Conlon Perugini and Michael Byram: Introduction 2. Patty Silvey and Silke Grafnitz: Houses Around the World (4th grade) 3. Dorie Conlon Perugini: Discovering Modes of Transportation (4th grade) 4. Philip Rohrer and Lauren Kagan: Using the Five Senses to Explore Cities (6th grade) 5. Jean Despoteris and Komo Ananda: Intercultural Competence: Reflecting on Daily Routines (8th grade) 6. Deanne Wallace and Jocelyn Tamborello-Noble: Diverse Perspectives of the Immigrant Experience (10th and 11th grade) 7. Chelsea Connery and Sarah Lindstrom: Beauty and Aesthetics (11th and 12th grade) 8. Manuela Wagner and Niko Tracksdorf: IC Online: Fostering the Development of Intercultural Competence in Virtual Language Classrooms (University students) 9. Lauren Rommal and Michael Byram: Becoming Interculturally Competent Through Study and Experience Abroad (Teachers) 10. Rita Oleksak, Manuela Wagner, Dorie Conlon Perugini and Michael Byram: Conclusion Appendix