Master Programme for Subject Teachers in Serbia 2013
Interculturality in Foreign Language Teaching
Status: optional
Recommended Year of Study: 1
Recommended Semester: 2
ECTS Credits Allocated: 4.00

Course objectives: Students are acquainted with the theoretical bases of intercultural glotodidactics. They develop critical thinking and the accompanying behaviour in culturally specific linguistic and extralinguistic contexts.

Course description: The conceptual and terminological determination: culture/civilisation. Cultural studies and linguo-pragmatics (Landeskunde) in various scholarly traditions. Theories of interculturality and intraculturality; the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, the language deficit hypothesis (Basil Bernstein), the difference hypothesis (William Labov), linguistic relativity and linguistic universalism. Interculturality from linguistic, sociological, ethnological, anthropological and theological perspectives. Interculturality and transculturality; everyday cultures, subcultures, minority cultures. Migration issues: assimilation – integration – distancing – alienation – segregation. Xenology, xenophobia, xenophilia. Intercultural semantics (thematic areas: friendship, food, leisure, etc.). Intercultural pragmatics (polite phrases, taboo themes, taboo breaking, speech and silence, turn taking etc). Nonverbal and paraverbal behaviour, proxemics.

Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to: - identify and critically assess culturally determined linguistic and extralinguistic contents, - develop empathy for diverse cultural models, - choose on their own, didactisise and use culturally specific teaching materials.

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