Developing Critical Cultural Awareness in Modern Languages: A Comparative Study of Higher Education in North America and the United Kingdom, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Developing Critical Cultural Awareness in Modern Languages

A Comparative Study of Higher Education in North America and the United Kingdom, 1st Edition

By Elinor Parks

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264 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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This volume explores the relationship between language and culture whilst considering its implications for the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages in higher education. Drawing on a comparative empirical study conducted at universities both in the UK and US, this text problematizes the impacts of a separation of language and content in German degree modules.

Illustrating the need for a curriculum which fosters the development of intercultural competence and criticality, Parks reconceptualizes established models of Criticality (Barnett) and Intercultural Communicative Competence (Byram). The chapters in this volume discuss a range of important topics including; language graduates with deep translingual and transcultural competence, observed differences and similarities between British and American universities and faculty and student voices: developing intercultural competence and criticality.

Aimed at scholars with research interests in Intercultural Communication, Language Education and Applied linguistics, this volumeprovides a thorough discussion for the ways in which Modern Language programmes in higher education can be improved. Additionally, those carrying out research in the fields of Language Teaching and Language Policy in higher education will find Developing Critical Cultural Awareness in Modern Languages to be of great relevance.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Problematising the separation between language and content in UK and US Modern Language degrees; 2. Language graduates with ‘deep translingual and transcultural competence’; 3. Fostering Criticality and Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC) in Higher Education; 4. Exploring faculty and students’ views on the ML curriculum and students’ development of critical cultural awareness and criticality; 5. Observed differences and similarities between British and American universities; 6. Fostering criticality development; 7. The development of intercultural competence and critical cultural awareness; 8. Defining and contextualising two emerging new competencies: communicative criticality and savoir se reconnaître; 9. Towards a new understanding of language degrees and critical cultural awareness: Implications for theory, research and practice

 

About the Author

Elinor Parks completed her PhD at the University of Hull. She is currently a Tutor of German at the University of York and the University of Manchester. Her research explores the complexity behind the separation between language and content in Modern Language degrees both in the UK and in the USA. In particular, the research examines implications of the divide for students’ development of criticality and intercultural competence.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Language Education

The Routledge Research in Language Education series provides a platform for established and emerging scholars to present their latest research and discuss key issues in Language Education. This series welcomes books on all areas of language teaching and learning, including but not limited to language education policy and politics, multilingualism, literacy, L1, L2 or foreign language acquisition, curriculum, classroom practice, pedagogy, teaching materials, and language teacher education and development. Books in the series are not limited to the discussion of the teaching and learning of English only.

 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU015000
EDUCATION / Higher
EDU029080
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Language Arts