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  1. National Defence Academy AAF Language Institute BILC-Seminar Vienna, Oct 07 Intercultural competence training for language teachers Hans Lampalzer & Josephine Sommerhuber

  2. Agenda • Feedback from two guest teacher seminars at the AAF LI • Conclusions for further training

  3. Seminar # 1“Intercultural competencies“, • Dec 06 • Seminar # 2 “A foreign language as a learning impetus to raise awareness of one‘s own culturally determined values, behaviour and way of thinking“, Mar 07

  4. Seminar # 1, Dec 06 • General information, familiarization with the topic (e.g. culture, intercultural communication, aim of intercultural competence, definition) • Examples of different concepts and exponents • Basis for the question “Who needs what kind of competence?“ (e.g. target groups, aims)

  5. Seminar Seminar # 1, Dec 06 Feedback “What can I take home from the seminar?“ • interesting, but too theoretical • How can I use this knowledge in the classroom

  6. Seminar Seminar # 1, Dec 06 Conclusions to be drawn • self-reflection, but no practical output • guest teachers who lived many years abroad (!) • have experienced exactly those problems which had been discussed (!) • high level of education(!) • teaching routine (!)

  7. Seminar Seminar # 1, Dec 06 Conclusions to be drawn • Concept: training vs. education • “You cannot argue with the box office!“

  8. Seminar # 2, Mar 07 • intercultural competence – learning process • knowledge of the foreign language and international operation does not automatically imply intercultural competence • how can we support this process in the framework of teaching a foreign language • importance of one‘s own culturally determined values, behaviour and ways of thinking

  9. Seminar Seminar # 2, Mar 07 Feedback “What can I take home from the seminar?“ • awareness about one´s own interpretations, • awareness about one´s own selective observation, • importance of communication, • importance of one´s own expectations, • more tolerance, • less prejudice towards s.o./fewer stereotypes

  10. Seminar Seminar # 2, Mar 07 Why was feedback more positive on Sem # 2 • Mixture of theory vs practise • Teacher inter-action (question and answers) • Emotional involvement (picture-interpretation)

  11. Seminar # 2, Mar 07 What to teach • life and institutions • history • geography • do‘s and dont‘s

  12. Seminar # 2, Mar 07 • Picture – Interpretation

  13. Seminar # 2, Mar 07 Picture – Interpretation • A womanasking for information, a man giving information • A woman giving a man a handkerchief • A woman crying • An angrywoman • A woman giving advice • A woman showing her ID-card • A woman trying to bribe a man • A woman confronting a man

  14. Seminar # 2, Mar 07 Aim of picture interpretation • Observe • Interpret • Evaluate • .....Stop! Interpret through own cultural glasses..as do others....see world through „learned patterns...need to but hard to „unlearn“ the patterns

  15. Seminar # 2, Mar 07 Conclusions to be drawn • Apart from relevant information (geographical, historical,…) • Teachers were unaware of the importance of their and their pupils‘ own culturally determined values, behaviour and ways of thinking (!)

  16. Seminar # 2, Mar 07 Knowledge gained from teachers • Curiousity for the possibility of IC in language training • Need to stress the diff IC Factual vs IC awareness skills • Need for training to develop inert IC skills ( reflective exercises like just shown..) • Training for „newcomers“ to develop IC skills • Supply of ref.books, exercises for classroom work

  17. Experiments in the classroom • Pres. Topic IC..concepts , theories , models.cross-cultural vs intercultural (Hofst vs Jacquier) • Exercises to show learned pattern..and how difficult to „unlearn“ • Pres. Bennet Model: Discussion/ Mindsets • Related to Islam Demo in Vienna with samples from internet discussion (authentic source material)

  18. Role of language teacher in future • Culture is manifested in language • Still to present „facts and figures“ of language...also of social , politcal and culture of country ( tendency to frontal training) ... • ...IC teacher main role is that..“coach/ trainer and moderator“

  19. … and finally … an American businessman‘s guide to survival in Vienna: KISS AS MANY HANDS AS POSSIBLE AND CALL EVERYBODY DOCTOR!

  20. I have run out of bread Austrians shake hands every day Information as Input Meaning and use of word bread..bread in different cultures..etc Cultural aspects of touching in diff.countries...distance,...exercises etc.. Input –Transfer-Reflection-Feedback IC Factual vs IC awareness skills