Join us for a Third Space Lab guest lecture by Michael Byram, professor emeritus at Durham University, U.K., and research professor at Sofia University, Bulgaria.
Zoom meeting ID: 985 9099 3775
This event is open to DKU community members only
I will begin with a personal answer to my title question, and describe my professional journey from studying languages to teaching and researching intercultural citizenship in language teaching, and across the curriculum. I will then argue for the educational values of teaching for intercultural communicative competence and intercultural citizenship, using both an example and an educational perspective. The example will demonstrate that language teaching and intercultural competence teaching are inter-related and mutually supportive: Language learning is improved by teaching for intercultural citizenship. My position has, however, implications for teachers which cannot be ignored. There are ethical issues to consider and challenges to professional identities, and I will raise these for discussion.
Michael Byram is professor emeritus at Durham University, U.K., and research professor at Sofia University, Bulgaria. He studied modern and medieval languages at King’s College, Cambridge, obtaining a Ph.D. in Danish literature, and taught French and German in secondary and adult education. He then moved to Durham University, where he was involved in teacher training and research on languages and education. His books include "Minority Education and Ethnic Survival" (1986) and "Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence – Revisited" (2021). He was advisor to the Council of Europe Language Policy Division and a member of the working group that produced the Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture.
To think about in advance
When people ask me, “What do the English think about ... (e.g. global warming or capital punishment or Donald Trump, etc.)?” they think that, because I am English, I can tell them. Yet I hesitate and try to avoid answering. If they ask me if "He goed to London yesterday" is correct, because I am English, I don’t hesitate; I know the answer. Is it possible to know about "English culture" – or any other? Instead of "English" put in your own word and ask yourself how you would answer. How important is it to teach/learn knowledge? Which knowledge? How important to teach/learn skills? Which skills? How important to teach/learn attitudes? Which attitudes?
To watch in advance