From Foreign Language Education to Education for Intercultural Citizenship: Essays and Reflections

May 27, 2008|
From Foreign Language Education to Education for Intercultural Citizenship: Essays and Reflections by Michael Byram
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This collection of essays and reflections starts from an analysis of the purposes of foreign language teaching and argues that this should include educational objectives which are ultimately similar to those of education for citizenship. It does so by a journey through reflections on what is possible and desirable in the classroom and how language teaching has a specific role in education systems which have long had, and often still have, the purpose of encouraging young people to identify with the nation-state. Foreign language education can break through this framework to introduce a critical internationalism. In a 'globalised' and 'internationalised' world, the importance of identification with people beyond the national borders is crucial. Combined with education for citizenship, foreign language education can offer an education for 'intercultural citizenship'.
Michael Byram is Professor of Education at Durham University, England. He studied French, German and Danish at King's College Cambridge, and wrote a PhD on Danish literature. He then taught French and German at secondary school level and in adult education in an English comprehensive school. Since being appointed to a post in teacher e...
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Title:From Foreign Language Education to Education for Intercultural Citizenship: Essays and Reflections
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:288 pages, 8.37 X 5.81 X 0.62 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 8.37 X 5.81 X 0.62 in
Published:May 27, 2008
Publisher:Multilingual Matters
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781847690784

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