Internationalizing the curriculum at home: Transcultural exploration in a French-German course

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2016-01-01
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Dubreil, Sébastien
Stehle, Maria
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Heinle Cengage Learning
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Foreign language departments are ideally situated to guide students to fully engage with what it means to be an educated, socially responsible, and global citizen. In particular, initiatives emanating from these departments can help answer the call to foster transcultural and translingual competence. This article centers on a jointly designed, team-taught, advanced course in French and German. Inspired by the multiliteracies framework, the course aimed to teach critical awareness and foster the development of graduates who are truly international in their outlook. To achieve this goal and develop learners’ abilities to work collaboratively with diversity, complexity, and ambiguity, we engaged learners on the terrain of critical cultural studies, guiding them to ask (different) questions, form and test new hypotheses, develop and explore new perspectives, and understand change in France, Germany, and the United States. Learners examined various types of documents and engaged with various modalities. After describing the theoretical frameworks and methods of the course, this article critically discusses the successes and challenges of our project based on class discussions, student work, and student feedback.
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Dubreil, S., Stehle, M. (2016). Internationalizing the curriculum at home: Transcultural exploration in a French-German course. The American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Languages Programs (AAUSC), 11-31. http://hdl.handle.net/102015/69754
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