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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.

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Building intercultural communicative competence one activity at a time

Pablo Muirhead, Ph.D.

WAFLT

November 2nd, 2013

[email protected]


THE PERSONAL

Connection between

Language & Culture

Conceptualization of

Culture

THE PROFESSIONAL

Intercultural Communicative Competence


Culture as an iceberg

What do you see?

And now?


Culture is…

… tantamount to perspective

… intertwined with issues of power

… products and practices


In other words…

“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.

Pablo Muirhead


How is culture integrated into the teaching of languages?


AVOID BEING

CULTURE BOUND

Having a single cultural perspective.

Not being able to adopt different points of view.


CULTURE

POWER

Perspectives

Products

Practices

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PERSPECTIVES

What can we gain?

the 3 Ps

PRODUCTS

Family meal

PRACTICES

Sobremesa

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PRACTICE:

Gemütlichkeit

PRODUCTS:

What products do you associate with this?

PERSPECTIVES:

Whatperspectives do youassociatewiththis?


Unspoken Rules

  • Read the unspoken rules of behavior associated with your culture.

  • Take on the role of someone from this culture when speaking to others but DO NOT share this information with others.

THEN, get to know several people by…

Introducing yourselves.

Talking about your roles as language educators.

Sharing the impact of your intercultural immersion experiences.


(INTERCULTURAL)

COMMUNICATION

To study another language and culture gives one the powerful key to successful communication: knowing how, when,andwhyto say what to whom.


CULTUR

E

INTEGRATIVE MOTIVATION

INSTRUMENTAL MOTIVATION

LANGUAG


First impressions

  • Our subconscious acts on its own and we often make assumptions as a result. These can often be completely innocuous but sometimes they can be very detrimental.

  • You are about to view a series of images. Share your first impression with a neighbor.


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

front view


A Rabbit... or a Duck?

Hint: the duck is looking left, the rabbit is looking right


Reflections…

Fact is…

…impressions and decisions are made very quickly.

…we will gain a bigger picture of issues if we can first suspend judgment.

Chances are…

…you and your partner didn’t see the same thing at first.

…you may have struggled to see both representations all the time.


Harvard Hidden-Bias Tests

Excellent resource for self-reflection.

Multiple tests are available to measure your subconscious.

Find at http://hvrd.me/Wgh2pm


Bennett ModelExperience of DifferenceDevelopment of Intercultural Sensitivity

Denial

Defense

Minimization

Acceptance

Adaptation

Integration

ETHNOCENTRIC

STAGES

ETHNORELATIVE

STAGES

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…

DENIAL

Individual does not perceive cultural differences, or avoids them.

Focus on PRODUCTS

ETHNOCENTRIC

STAGES


There “they” go speaking Spanish again.

DEFENSE

Reflect on own cultures

Individual demonstrates intolerance toward differences.

ETHNOCENTRIC

STAGES


I like to think of myself as color blind. I don’t see a person’s race.

MINIMIZATION

Individual downplays

differences and takes on belief that everyone is the same.

ETHNOCENTRIC

STAGES

increase contact with cultures studied


I don’t understand but I’m okay with that and am open to learning.

comparisons & contrasts

ACCEPTANCE

Individual begins to value the richness that cultures offer.

ETHNORELATIVE

STAGES


I see things differently now and can better understand why others feel the way they do.

ADAPTATION

Individual begins to develop other perspectives and skills to get along better with “others”.

tolerate greater ambiguity

ETHNORELATIVE

STAGES


I have acquired various lenses through which to understand the world.

INTEGRATION

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Individual is able to view the world from multiple perspectives.

challenge societal injustices

ETHNORELATIVE

STAGES


Reflecting on these stages, prepare to answer some questions.

Denial

Defense

Minimization

Acceptance

Adaptation

Integration

ETHNOCENTRIC

STAGES

ETHNORELATIVE

STAGES

Pull out your phones and text your responses to...


Reflecting on these stages, prepare to answer some questions.

Denial

Defense

Minimization

Acceptance

Adaptation

Integration

ETHNOCENTRIC

STAGES

ETHNORELATIVE

STAGES

And now respond to…


Developing ICC

  • It’s a gradual process

  • Move from seeing cultures from the OUTSIDE  IN to the INSIDE  OUT


To seamlessly weave culture and language, we need to…

  • Make relevant to students’ lives.

  • Reclaim curriculum by developing standards-based thematic units and using the text as a resource.

  • Develop multiple perspectives.


Useful Strategies

  • Write from a different perspective.

  • Weather from different parts.

  • Interview community members.

  • Activities in the community.

  • Listen to and work with music.

  • Reenact an event.

  • Noticias del mundohispanohablante.

  • Thematic Units: Immigration, Chicano Civil Rights, U.S. in Latin America, Identity

  • 10 Chairs of Wealth


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Language Exchange

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.


Mil GraciasPablo [email protected]

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.


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