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Intercultural teaching and learning strategies for global citizens: a Chinese EFL perspective

Coombs, S and Zhao, H. (2012) 'Intercultural teaching and learning strategies for global citizens: a Chinese EFL perspective.' Teaching in Higher Education, 17 (3). pp. 245-255. ISSN 1356-2517

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Abstract

This article reviews teaching intercultural competence in the classroom with a group of homogeneous Chinese university students. This is explored through teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) writing in a way that changes Chinese students’ thinking. It involves a change of cultural perspectives by placing the concept of ‘the individual’ at the heart of their learning and writing in English. This cultural change through alternative thinking strategies demands that Chinese students critically examine their collective traditions and beliefs that have otherwise influenced their assumptions in learning and in writing in English. This article is derived from teaching strategies that facilitate change through a biographical teaching method, which ensures a personal paradigm shift in the student towards becoming a global citizen.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: intercultural teaching strategies, cultural thought patterns, cross-cultural learning, world citizens, EFL writing in China
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 14:33
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2014 16:09
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/492
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