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Valentina: Dream 2: Massive Transcultural Awareness project

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Valentina Dodge
16 January 2013

Context:

University language students . I teach at the University of Naples L'Orientale in southern Italy and my English language students (3rd year BA and 2nd year MA) all go abroad to complete their studies. There are many ERASMUS or foreign exchange projects.

Change:

Increase cultural exchanges / awareness among language learners. Allocating time and web space to share deeper and more meaningful aspects of their culture.

Course would record, explore, reflect on attitudes, customs, ways of life and move beyond the cultural "tokenism" common on language courses which might only cover surface issues such as gift-giving, tipping, or different concepts of time.

Approach

Via social media spaces, LMS or learner/class blogs. Organically grow the syllabus around the learning groups. Ongoing course content that can be mixed and matched / design to allow course to re-useable for next group.

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