ICZ101: Intcul A (2014-2015)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Foreign Language Program
COURSE TITLE: Intercultural Ed A
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015
GRADE LEVEL: 7-8
COURSE LENGTH: 9 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: The intercultural education course is designed to acquaint students with the host nation’s culture and values. Intercultural Ed A is designed to expose students to the language and cross-cultural skills involved in learning the language of the host nation. Students begin to develop awareness and respect for linguistic and cultural differences. They will develop skills to negotiate meaning by using the fundamentals of the host culture’s language, interacting with speakers of that language and engaging with the host culture in which the speakers live, including the use of authentic cultural products. Intercultural Ed A is designed to help students develop an understanding of and appreciation for differing cultural perspectives
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will provide the foundation for the study of the host nation’s language and culture. Students will be taught to listen for the host nation’s language outside of the classroom, recognize speakers of that language and engage, when appropriate and feasible, with host nation peers. Students in Intercultural Ed A will gain some basic functional communicative ability and cross-cultural skills by doing projects, eating in host nation restaurants, and working with host nation peers. Teachers will use officially adopted materials supplemented with host nation authentic materials such as videos, music and other digital media. Students are continuously encouraged to think about how they interact with host nation peers and compare their own language and culture to observe how different and similar they are.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Students will be required to take part in simple interpersonal communication activities in the language of the host nation. They will also demonstrate their intercultural learning through a portfolio and self-assessment check list. Students will be asked to present their new learning in a variety of ways. Teachers will score student work using rubrics to help students observe their own growth in language and intercultural competence.
Course Objectives: • Communicate in the host nation’s language using short memorized phrases. • Reflect on host nation cultural practices and how they are both similar and different to their own. • Document their participation in host nation cultural events such as singing, dancing, sports, arts and crafts.