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LINGUIST List 19.2091

Tue Jul 01 2008

Confs: General Ling, Lang Acquisition, Philosophy of Lang, Socioling/USA

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        1.    Kate Mackay, Developing and Assessing Intercultural Competence


Message 1: Developing and Assessing Intercultural Competence
Date: 01-Jul-2008
From: Kate Mackay <kmackayemail.arizona.edu>
Subject: Developing and Assessing Intercultural Competence
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Developing and Assessing Intercultural Competence

Date: 10-Oct-2008 - 11-Oct-2008
Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
Contact: Kate Mackay
Contact Email: cercllemail.arizona.edu
Meeting URL: http://cercll.arizona.edu/events_intercultural.php

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Philosophy of
Language; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

A Professional Development conference for K-16 educators in language, social
studies and humanities-related fields. The conference is cosponsored by the
University of Arizona's Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language
and Literacty (CERCLL), Center for Latin American Studies, and Center for Middle
Eastern Studies.

Intercultural competence is [the ability] ''to see relationships between
different cultures - both internal and external to a society - and to mediate,
that is interpret each in terms of the other, either for themselves or for other
people.'' It also encompasses the ability to critically or analytically
understand that one's '''own and other cultures''' perspective is culturally
determined rather than natural.
- Michael Byram, Professor, University of Durham, England

A simple definition [of intercultural competence], might be: the abilities to
perform effectively and appropriately with members of another language-culture
background on their terms.
- Alvino E. Fantini, Ph.D., School for International Training, Vermont

Intercultural competence might also be defined as knowledge of others; knowledge
of self; skills to interpret and relate; skills to discover and/or to interact;
valuing others' values, beliefs, and behaviors; and relativizing one's self.
- Darla Deardorff, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Association of International
Education Administrators, Duke University, North Carolina

Although the term is increasingly used today, there is by no means consensus
about what it is. So what is Intercultural Competence? How can we help students
develop it? How do we assess it? These are the many questions that we will try
to answer during this conference.

Participants will examine how to develop and assess Intercultural Competence
within four disciplines (Foreign Languages, Social Studies, Language Arts, and
Fine Arts) with a focus on two regional areas: Latin America and the Middle
East. The schedule culminates in discipline-based workshops in which
participants can begin to create curriculum units and lesson plans using the
materials presented in the keynote and plenary talks. Conference presenters are
drawn from well-known experts in the fields of Intercultural Competence and
Communication across the U.S., as well as from faculty at the University of Arizona.
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