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The International Classroom

Challenging the Notion

Vittorina Cecchetto and Magda Stroinska

Classrooms offer a safe and fertile laboratory-like environment where students and teachers can engage in communication across languages and cultures. This volume challenges the dominant notion of international classroom and the authors approach the reality of international students and professors from several new perspectives. They show that the international student may not necessarily come from overseas and that students from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds are a rich untapped resource in our increasingly interconnected world. The authors also illustrate why abolishing the distinction between national and international classroom is vital to the future of intercultural communication and relationships and offer insights and strategies that can be valuable tools for teachers and instructors at any level.
Contents: Vittorina Cecchetto/Magda Stroińska: Introduction: Challenging the Notion of International Classroom – Jenny Thomas: Pragmatics in the foreign language classroom – Jim Miller: Clash of language, clash of cultures – Naiting Dong: You Just Can’t Guess: Vocabulary acquisition in Chinese ESL learners – Gail Langley: Teaching international students: How can staff improve the experience of international students in UK Higher Education? – Thomas T. Ristimaki: Knowledge, culture and classrooms – Stephan Lloyd Smith: ‘If Bees make Honey, then maybe Wasps make Marmalade’: Detecting Shared Methodological Spaces in the Childish Method of Others – Magda Stroińska: Motivation and anxiety: on the journey to academic success – Larissa Faulkner: Obstacles to Listening in the International Classroom – Tsuneko Iwai: Cooperative Learning: Students scaffolding in a linguistically and culturally diverse university JFL class – Gabriele Müller: Committing to ‘Third Space’: Teaching Film in the International Classroom – Stan Brown: Religion, International Students, and the Secular University in the UK – François Nectoux: Teaching international politics to students of multiple origins: Issues of intercultural politics – Anna L. Moro: Inclusivity and critical language awareness in an introductory linguistics course – Philip Booth/Krzysztof Stroiński: Teaching professionalism and the principles of the market economy in post-communist Eastern Europe – Vittorina Cecchetto: «We don’t talk about that.» Intercultural communication issues in an academic setting.