Thanks to everyone who braved the rainy weather to make it out!
Notes from the presentation
Part 1: Theory
- Deep adjustment to the educational infrastructure
- Deep awareness of development of self
- Awareness of how sociocultural factors influence our subjective world view
Presentation notes continued:Mr. Fritz outlined the theory related to the intercultural language classroom in three steps:
1. How to understand self
The process of understanding the self is as follows: reflection, awareness, understanding, applying, analyzing, creating. These are encapsulated in 3 layers of self, specific, and general contexts.
2. Creating an intercultural classroom: what are factors that influence learners in the classroom?
Traditionally, language and culture are taught separately. The intercultural classroom necessitates that language and culture are integrated into the curriculum at a deep level.
3. Develop intercultural competence in learners: develop intercultural competence (ICC) inside and outside the classroom
Inter-cultural encounters are not solely language-based, but rather situated in affecti
|Rob Fritz Presenting at Nagasaki JALT|
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Part 2: Pedagogical Approaches
Mr. Fritz introduced tasks for developing ICC from formal classroom tasks to informal learning outside the classroom. Mr. Fritz argued that many students have been conditioned to focus on language accuracy through their formal educational experiences. Through engaging in and reflecting on various activities, students are able de-learn previous ‘accuracy-first' ways of education and begin the process of re-learning through developing intercultural competence. Specifically, he discussed the importance of non-verbal communication, creativity, and reflection. Challenges for the future are:
- De-learning: old habits
- Developing ICC
- Assessing ICC
Abstract and Event InformationRecent Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT) initiatives in Japan have recognized a need to create “internationally minded” students to “strengthen Japan’s global competiveness” and “succeed in the global field”. However, how can this be achieved within the Japanese university English classroom? This presentation will bring research from intercultural education and cultural psychology to show how objectives outlined by MEXT can be achieved.
In the second part, the focus will be on how to apply the theories and ideas introduced to produce an effective syllabus and appropriate classroom approaches. In particular, the presenter will demonstrate how learners’ sense of self can be developed through reflective and ethnographic tasks using ipads and social networking sites such as Google+. Finally, the presenter will share and discuss challenges and results obtained from his classes.
Speaker: Rob Fritz
Date and Time: Saturday, 27 June 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Dejima Koryu Kaikan, 2-11 Dejimamachi, Nagasaki
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen, free for students or first-time JET Programme participants