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Intercultural learning: What is intercultural and What is learning

According to Wikipedia

Intercultural learning is an area of research, study and application of knowledge about different cultures, their differences and similarities. On the one hand, it includes a theoretical and academic approach (see e.g. “Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS)” by Milton Bennett, Dimensions of Culture by Geert Hofstede). On the other hand, it comprises practical applications such as learning to negotiate with people from different cultures, living with people from different cultures, living in a different culture and the prospect of peace between different cultures.

Currently, intercultural learning

is a topic which receives much interest. This is mainly due to the rise of cultural studies and globalization. Culture has become an instrument for social interpretation and communicative action. Intercultural learning is primarily important in the context of the foreign language classroom.

The term “intercultural learning” can be understood on different levels. On a more literal level, intercultural learning refers to an individual process of acquiring knowledge, attitudes, or behaviour that is connected with the interaction of different cultures.

Very often, however, intercultural learning is seen in a larger context to denote a concept of how people with different backgrounds can live together peacefully, and the process that is needed to build such a society. “Learning” in this context is consequently understood less on a purely individual level, but emphasises the open ended character of this process towards an “intercultural” society.

To find and read all the Tool Kit about the Intercultural learning please click here: Intercultural Learning T-kit

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