Building intercultural communicative competence one activity at a time. Pablo Muirhead , Ph.D. WAFLT November 2 nd , 2013 [email protected] THE PERSONAL Connection between Language & Culture. Conceptualization of Culture. THE PROFESSIONAL Intercultural Communicative Competence.
Building intercultural communicative competence one activity at a time
Pablo Muirhead, Ph.D.
November 2nd, 2013
Language & Culture
Intercultural Communicative Competence
What do you see?
… tantamount to perspective
… intertwined with issues of power
… products and practices
“Culture is a fluctuating embodiment of a group’s products, practices and perspectives. Inseparable from language, culture is also impacted by issues of power as it can be used to marginalize or privilege.”
Muirhead, P. (2009). Rethinking culture: Toward a pedagogy of possibility in world language education. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 6(4), 243-268.
Having a single cultural perspective.
Not being able to adopt different points of view.
What can we gain?
the 3 Ps
What products do you associate with this?
Whatperspectives do youassociatewiththis?
THEN, get to know several people by…
Talking about your roles as language educators.
Sharing the impact of your intercultural immersion experiences.
To study another language and culture gives one the powerful key to successful communication: knowing how, when,andwhyto say what to whom.
Young or old woman?
Man Playing Horn... or Woman's Silhouette?
Hint: woman's right eye is the black speck in front of horn handle
Woman in vanity... or Skull?
Hint: move farther a bit from screen and blink to see the skull or the woman (looking at the mirror)
Two Faces... or One?
Hint: two faces side
profile or one face
A Rabbit... or a Duck?
Hint: the duck is looking left, the rabbit is looking right
…impressions and decisions are made very quickly.
…we will gain a bigger picture of issues if we can first suspend judgment.
…you and your partner didn’t see the same thing at first.
…you may have struggled to see both representations all the time.
Excellent resource for self-reflection.
Multiple tests are available to measure your subconscious.
Find at http://hvrd.me/Wgh2pm
Lange, D. L. (1999). Planning for and using the new national culture standards. In J. K. Phillips & R.
K. Terry (Eds.), Foreign language standards: Linking research, theories, and practices (pp. 57
135). Lincolnwood, Illinois: National Textbook Company.
I haven’t left my little bubble yet…
Individual does not perceive cultural differences, or avoids them.
Focus on PRODUCTS
There “they” go speaking Spanish again.
Reflect on own cultures
Individual demonstrates intolerance toward differences.
I like to think of myself as color blind. I don’t see a person’s race.
differences and takes on belief that everyone is the same.
increase contact with cultures studied
I don’t understand but I’m okay with that and am open to learning.
comparisons & contrasts
Individual begins to value the richness that cultures offer.
I see things differently now and can better understand why others feel the way they do.
Individual begins to develop other perspectives and skills to get along better with “others”.
tolerate greater ambiguity
I have acquired various lenses through which to understand the world.
Individual is able to view the world from multiple perspectives.
challenge societal injustices
Pull out your phones and text your responses to...
And now respond to…
Objective: Create an opportunity for Spanish-dominant English-language learners and Spanish learners to interact on an even playing field.
Suggestions: Create the least structure possible so that the exchange flows organically from students. Suggest they bring pictures, scrapbooks, etc. to share with one another. Divide time evenly between English and Spanish.
Results: Students are motivated to practice because of the realness factor and perspectives can be gained from one another.
I hope you were able to reflect today on the art of teaching. As we return to our students and try new strategies, let’s stay in touch to support one another. Feel free to contact me!! I look forward to hearing from you.