Developing Intercultural Competence in Language Education

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Kislak Center, Van Pelt Library

The 6th annual Language Educator Symposium focuses on the development of intercultural competence within and through language education. Co-sponsored by Penn Language Center and the Educational Linguistics Division, this symposium offers language teachers a hands-on opportunity to explore what taking an intercultural perspective entails and how they might design classroom experiences that foster intercultural competence within themselves and their students. A keynote talk by Dr. Anthony J. Liddicoat, a renowned leader in the field of intercultural teaching and learning, will be followed by six interactive workshops that focus on specific classroom practices that support the development of intercultural competence. Workshop topics include:

  •     Staging, Supporting, and Evaluating Structured Reflection
  •     Critical Thinking through Scaffolding
  •     Core Practices in Intercultural Teaching
  •     Intercultural Magic: Unlocking the Potential of Museum Objects for Intercultural Teaching and Learning
  •     What’s so funny?:  Using Humor to Develop Intercultural Competence
  •     Citizen Sociolinguistics in the Language Classroom:  What is it?  Why do it?

The symposium will close with a panel discussion that brings all workshop leaders together with the participants and offers an opportunity to engage in a formal discussion of the promises and challenges of taking an intercultural approach to language education.

Visit the symposium website for more details.