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1 Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen The importance of intercultural competence in language education Paul Catteeuw Iasį (EuroEd), 25 June 2009

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3 Why? In society Changing society Integration Knowledge Competence (thinking) (doing) Flemish government Here and there Critical factor for success Within the university Renewal curriculum Competence based Necessity of the subject:  Society  Business  Education accreditation of the training Social constructivism Critical factor for success

4 Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen Changing world Evolution Labour migration > asylum migration unicultural homogeneous society (20 th c.) > diverse & multicultural society (21 st c.) Changing/changed demographic scene Prognosis 2050: From 10-15% to 30% people with different cultural background

5 Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen Migrants in Belgium Italy (2,7%) Morocco (2,5%) France (1,5%) Turkey (1,5%) Netherlands (1,2%) Total (15%) Belgium

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8 Social Holidays Professional There Here Intercultural contacts

9 Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen Necessity labour market Contact with different cultures Own (social) environment (HERE) Own working climate (HERE) Colleagues, employer, subordinates Manuals, working methods Contacts with other companies (THERE) Domestic (corporate culture) Abroad (trade contacts) –Holidays (THERE): travel guides

10 Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen What? Contents Training intercultural competence  Theoretical basis  Practical learning and reflection Interaction culture - communication Basic competence Business: from contact to contract

11 CONTACT? SUCCESS? ICO? NO TRAINING

12 CONTACT SUCCESS ICO TRAINING

13 Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen Competence Definition competence A competence is the integrated use of KNOWLEDGE SKILLS ATTITUDES PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS to carry out correctly a certain task or to solve problems in a specific professional situation

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15 Basic Intercultural Competence ‘I am a critical and conscious citizen (1) and I can function flexibly (3) and interculturally (3) in an open and respectful manner (2) in the multicultural and diverse society (6) in which I live (4) and work (5)’ The right to differ

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17 Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen Levels in acquiring competence Miller’s Triangle Proficiency: applying competence Advanced: understanding through exercise Basic: knowing + knowing how DOES SHOWS HOW KNOWS HOW KNOWS

18 Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen Language The main form of communication in all its forms –Spoken language –... –Non-verbal communication Which language? –Romanian? Dutch? English? –Which English? –Which register

19 Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen Ikea Niet zo gek, die Zweden! Ils sont fous, ces Suédois (Moldova)

20 Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen Mental programming (Hofstede) Personality: inbred and taught Communication: differences between people Culture: what we do with human nature is taught = nurture Communication: problematic layer Human nature: everything which is inbred = nature Communication: no problems

21 Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen Different cultures Possibilities of classification  National/regional cultures From national and linguistic frontiers to cultural frontiers  Social cultures Gender, social classes, birth, sexual inclination, …  Group cultures Family, company, school, … Claes en Gerritsen, Culturele waarden en communicatie in internationaal perspectief, 2002

22 Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen Icebergmodel Not noticeable: MEANING OF WORDS Values and norms Noticeable : WORDS Symbols, heroes, rituals

23 Karel de Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen Lingua franca Objective point of view “Landeskunde” from different point of view Critical awareness Respect Intercultural competence > intercultural communication Language of understanding


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