Keynote-4 Byram

Keynote 4: Competence, interaction and action: Developing intercultural citizenship education in the language classroom and beyond

Michael Byram, Durham University

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The purpose of this short talk will be to introduce the notion of intercultural citizenship. I will do this by presenting an example of students in England and Argentina working together on a matter which is of importance to them as citizens of their countries in order to develop a common understanding and thereby a shared approach to how they can take civic action in their respective communities. I will then show how this example is based on a view of language-and-culture teaching which borrows from the principles of citizenship education but at the same time breaks through its limitations. I will finally and briefly link this work to higher education policy focused on ‘graduate attributes’.

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