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Productive Foreign Language Skills for an Intercultural World

A Guide (not only) for Teachers


Michal Paradowski

The past two decades have created quantitatively higher and qualitatively different demands for foreign language skills. Learners’ needs, expectations and contexts of language use have undergone radical and far-reaching transformations. This collection of essays by experienced educators, teacher trainers and researchers from diverse linguistic, cultural and professional settings offers a fresh perspective on the aspects and ways of teaching skills which are crucial to contemporary language instruction, especially at the more advanced stages, but which have oftentimes been unjustly neglected in the classroom. The book discusses issues ranging from approaches to teaching, contexts of instruction, testing and assessment to curriculum development and technology in the classroom.
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Towards the Design of an Intercultural Syllabus



In light of the radical changes our societies face due to internationalization, information society and advancements in knowledge, it has become crucial to promote the intercultural dimension in language pedagogy (cf. European Commission, 1995). This need has been clearly reflected in the European policy on language, culture and education (Council of Europe, 2001) as well as in the literature on applied linguistics (Byram, 1997; Byram & Fleming, 1998; Kramsch, 1998; Byram, Nichols, & Stevens, 2001; Sercu et al., 2005; Bandura, 2007). However, despite the growing need for promoting intercultural education, most language teaching materials for general purposes have not been designed to develop intercultural competence in FL learners (Komorowska, 2006). The PICTURE project, the evaluation of which is the focus of this chapter, intended to fill this gap by developing a FL course module on aspects of intercultural communication in Europe. The purpose of this chapter is twofold: (1) to summarize the process and results of the PICTURE project evaluation, and (2) to present recommendations for the design of an intercultural syllabus.

Key terms: intercultural education, project evaluation, teaching materials, intercultural competence, intercultural syllabus design

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