Bildungswissenschaften und akademisches Selbstverständnis in einer globalisierten Welt- Education and Academic Self-Concept in the Globalized World
Edited By Gerd-Bodo von Carlsburg and Thomas Vogel
This volume presents a series of contributions from the XIX. International Scientific Conference on The Reform of Education and Teacher’s Training on the topic Educational Sciences in Search of Global Identity which was conceived and organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences and Heidelberg University of Education (Germany). Main topics of the conference were educational quality standards of Higher and Secondary Education. This kind of quality management relies on the acquisition of interactive competence in socialization and the educational sector. The development of these basic skills is prerequisite for achieving an identity in order to meet the challenges of our society in the coming decade.
Cultural Competence as Keystone of Training Teachers of Foreign Languages
Globalization processes and their determining factors raise new challenges for training teachers of foreign languages. A teacher is expected to both cherish own culture and transmit the culture of the taught foreign language; therefore, while training a specialist of a foreign language it is essential to develop his/her cultural competence.
The current article deals with the expression of cultural competence of pre-service teachers of foreign languages. It emphasizes the effects of globalization on the training of foreign language teachers as well as highlights the necessity of raising their cultural competence. With this aim, a quantitative study was conducted in spring 2013. The questionnaire consisted of several sections, which aimed at identifying the current level of the cultural competence of pre-service teachers of foreign languages, namely their knowledge about culture in general and country-specific culture facts, emotions evoked by different cultural events, abilities and experience of functioning in different cultural environments, as well as other factors determining their cultural competence.
Keywords: pre-service teacher of a foreign language, culture, cultural competence, foreign language, globalization
The rapid and firm establishment of globalization processes, mass migration and diversity of political, economic, cultural and linguistic processes throw down challenges for the governmental, economic, cultural, educational and other institutions in the world. European and world leaders are expected to ensure the acknowledgement and respect for all cultures, cherishing of national identities and successful overcoming of cultural differences. Hence,...