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1 Council of Europe Education Department – Language Policy Unit Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters Christopher Reynolds

2 The general goals of the AIE To support the development of 11 intercultural competences.

3 The general goals of the AIE To support the development of 11 intercultural competences. To analyse one specific intercultural encounter the user has experienced.

4 The general goals of the AIE To support the development of 11 intercultural competences. To analyse one specific intercultural encounter the user has experienced. To encourage reflection about the encounter.

5 The general goals of the AIE To support the development of 11 intercultural competences. To analyse one specific intercultural encounter the user has experienced. To encourage reflection about the encounter. To develop new intercultural competences

6 Two versions of the Autobiography The standard version, for learners aged years and older.

7 Two versions of the Autobiography A version for younger learners, for use by children aged between 5 years and years old.

8 Intercultural competences: summary 1.Respect for otherness 2.Empathy 3.Acknowledgement of identities 4.Tolerance of ambiguity 5.Knowledge 6.Skills of discovery and interaction 7.Behavioural flexibility 8.Communicative awareness 9.Skills of interpreting and relating (seeing similarities and differences) 10.Critical cultural awareness 11.Action orientation

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10 The AIE for Younger Learners enables the learner to make a personal journey inward, via the analysis of a particular intercultural encounter

11 The AIE for Younger Learners enables the learner to make a personal journey inward, via the analysis of a particular intercultural encounter supports and scaffolds self-reflection

12 The AIE for Younger Learners enables the learner to make a personal journey inward, via the analysis of a particular intercultural encounter supports and scaffolds self-reflection encourages and fosters the development of those intercultural competences which are required to engage in effective intercultural dialogue.

13 Examples of use of the AIE 1 – Following a school journey Use of the Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters on return from a school trip showed: -Intercultural competence does not depend only on command of a foreign language -AIE fosters discussions which reveal how intercultural skills are built up

14 2 – School linking programme School A: White middle class monoculture 3% of pupils having English as a second language Less than 5% from other faith traditions School B: 15% are from different minority ethnic backgrounds Around 45% have free school meals Regular turnover of pupils

15 Responses to the AIE interviews showed -Evidence of communicative awareness -Ability to show behavioural flexibility -Recognition of the complexity of the task

16 Volume 2 available January 2013

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