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1 Intercultural knowledge and language awareness and Interpersonal development Questions for class discussion

2 Interpersonal development: Building social relationships Students are expected to demonstrate: Knowledge of appropriate behaviour in different contexts Inclusive behaviour that recognises similarities and acknowledges difference Respect for different needs when maintaining harmonious social relationships Awareness of how diversity can influence social behaviour; for example, differences in culture, abilities or economic status Awareness of anothers feelings through observation, discussion and thoughtfulness Awareness of strategies for recognising and responding appropriately in diverse contexts Awareness of perspectives of others Respect of diverse traditions and practices; for example, different religious beliefs or celebrations Behaviour that is mindful of how people of other cultures may think and feel about significant events Awareness of that there are a range of influences that determine peoples values and beliefs Knowledge and skills in the employment of a range of strategies for managing differences in social relationships Understanding of the many social influences, such as values, culture, gender and power, that may affect relationships

3 Students are expected to:Possible interpersonal tasks: apply relevant conversational rules and expectations. use appropriate language and levels of respect in different circumstances, thus reflecting the relationship between the speakers of the language. demonstrate understanding of cultural influences on the ways people behave and use language, through approximating accurate and context- sensitive language use. identify nuances in meaning, and demonstrate awareness of the dynamic nature of language through the language and mannerisms they use. Visiting a friends house for the first time Buying a present Planning an outing, and expressing preferences Introducing yourself, friends and family at a party Asking for assistance in a shop Asking a friend for a favour Writing an to request information Writing a letter to complain Attending a job interview Discussing a problem in your host family, or with the exchange student living with you: –sharing chores –time on the phone/computer –curfews –privacy –meals or other needs Discussing a problem at your host school Persuading teachers to adopt a new dress code at your host school Persuading teachers at your host school to allow a new student-friendly rule Giving a thank-you speech at your host school LOTE: Intercultural knowledge and language awareness

4 Students are expected to: Possible language / interpersonal tasks: interact with a variety of speakers of the language, possibly from different countries and communities, including Australia extend their understanding of perspectives on the themes and topics studied gain understanding of diverse views and beliefs within and between these communities. Students contribute to discussions about the general concept of culture, and the relation of cultures to each other, including the effects of migration and travel, by presenting illustrative examples in the language. Students express their own views and values in relation to simple scenarios or propositions. They compare them with previously held views. Planning a meal Celebrating a special occasion Being or hosting an exchange student over the Christmas/New Year period Attending a wedding Responding to an invitation to go hunting or to a blood sport event Interview: leisure activities Discussion about womens positions and roles in the LOTE community Interview: family life and family structures (and the changing nature of relationships) A survey about career choices and expectations Interview: the immigration experience, and coming to live in Australia Discussion about what is taught in schools Discussion about the role religion plays in daily life Interview: an experience of war or violence Discussion: what is expected of teenagers Interview: the role of the elderly in society

5 Interacting: first stage Teachers: present tasks or scenarios appropriate to the class support scenarios with appropriate models of language avoid stereotyped or generalised scenarios and models promote participation of all learners. Students: view, read and listen to the texts and language models that support the scenario undertake tasks and discussions to build comprehension, language proficiency and awareness, and cultural knowledge attempt performances of the scenario.

6 Class activityQuestions for discussion Students: engage in pair / group / class discussions to analyse interpersonal interactions in the scenario express themselves in both English and the LOTE where possible Teachers: ask guiding questions provide additional resources and language models if necessary encourage students to notice forms, processes, strategies, hierarchies, and responses to language choices. listen to and build upon student responses. What is happening here? What is being said? What do you see? What do you think? Is this surprising or confusing? Is there something you dont understand? What would you expect to happen? How would you feel in this situation? Noticing

7 Class activityQuestions for discussion Students: compare cultural similarities and differences use their personal experience of diverse cultures to inform discussion discuss the range of values, beliefs and practices that exist within the target culture, as well as within the cultures owned by class members question stereotypes and generalisations express themselves in both English and the LOTE where possible Acknowledge the opinions of classmates Teachers: create opportunities for students to discuss values, beliefs and practices with members of the LOTE-speaking community ask guiding questions listen to and build upon student responses Show respect for diversity of views in the classroom. How is this similar to what you would think, say and do? How is this different from what you would think, say and do? Can there be different perspectives on this situation? How do you expect people from other cultures to respond to this situation? Does everyone from the other culture respond in the same way ? Comparing

8 Class activityQuestions for discussion Students: analyse how language reflects culture think about how responses to a scenario vary depending on the individuals cultural beliefs and social position consider the effects of migration and travel on cultural perspectives identify general cultural patterns that flow across specific settings and times discuss how language use varies depending on the position and relationship of the speakers/ writer/ reader reflect on their own roles as language users, and how others would respond to their language choices present examples in the LOTE to demonstrate their language awareness describe some of their present understanding about culture (their own and the LOTE culture), and compare this with previously held views Teachers: promote reflection on linguistic and cultural concepts. create a multi-perspective, intercultural space for engaging with cultures, without students abandoning their first culture. How did/would you react to this situation? How did/would you interpret the writer/speakers meaning? Was the meaning different from what you expected? Why did you interpret this situation in this way? Which influences can you identify in this situation: culture? age? gender? social position? economic status? Does everyone from a culture always act in the same way? What kind of language would you use in this situation? What would the consequences of your language choice/response/reaction be? What are possible reasons why others respond in the way they do? Would you now have a new way of looking at the situation? Would you respond differently if in future you found yourself in this situation? Reflecting

9 Interacting: with insight Class activityStudent evaluation Students: show willingness to interact with people from other languages and cultures. demonstrate awareness of the validity of values and beliefs other than their own. when presented with fresh scenarios, demonstrate understanding of cultural influences on the ways people behave and use language, through approximating accurate and context-sensitive language use. identify nuances in meaning, and demonstrate awareness of the dynamic nature of language through the language and mannerisms they use in interactions in a range of cultural settings Teachers: provide fresh opportunities for students to apply their intercultural knowledge and language awareness avoid presentation of stereotyped or generalised cultural scenarios. promote participation of all learners. encourage self-monitoring and self-assessment. I think that interacting with people from other cultures, and in other languages, is a positive experience. I am aware of my own values and cultural influences, and realise how this influences the way I interact with people. I can acknowledge the individual and not just the cultural background I can try to see a situation from other perspectives I can use language and cultural knowledge wisely in new situations I can accept feedback from others about my use of language and cultural knowledge


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