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Glocalisation: Developing Students’ Language and Intercultural Competence through a Multicultural Language Arts Programme in KS2

Communication in the world we live in now has changed in the 21st century. When we encounter people from different places and cultural backgrounds, it is important to develop a level of intercultural competence that enables us to appropriately communicate with them. Multicultural literature serves as a powerful tool in enabling students to gain a better understanding of both their own culture and the cultures of others. Through the appreciation of quality literary works, teachers can not only guide students to develop critical thinking skills, empathy, and self-worth, but also provide them with opportunities to practise their language skills in meaningful contexts. 

The objectives of the Seed project are to:

  • explore the links between language and culture and how these can foster students’ intercultural understanding and develop their awareness of becoming a global citizen;
  • develop students’ literacy skills, positive values and intercultural competence;
  • enhance teachers’ capacity to integrate language arts rich in cultural elements into the school-based English language curriculum to broaden students’ understanding of the world and enrich their literacy experiences; and
  • collaborate with teachers to plan and devise appropriate English learning activities that promote critical thinking, creativity and cultural awareness with suitable multimodal and multigenre resources; and
  • create learning communities through the use of different online platforms to allow students to share their knowledge, ideas and learning outcomes at their own time and pace.

To find out more about this Seed project, please click here. 

Please click here for the project brochure.

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