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Review From principles to practice in education for intercultural citizenship (a review)

Published as part of the ICE series of Languages for Intercultural Communication and Education this is a survey of how students and teachers around the world perceive the concept of intercultural citizenship and how intercultural citizenship can be developed and taught as part of the foreign language teaching syllabus. In doing so, it describes surveys and projects carried out in countries as far apart as China, the USA, Japan, Argentina, Denmark, Korea, Taiwan and Italy. It also explores peace studies in the Malvinas / Falkland Islands, sport and sustainability and the role of intercultural citizenship in protecting human rights. The authorship is the result of an unusual coming together of teachers and researchers interested in intercultural education and involved in a collective research venture under the umbrella organisation of the Cultnet Research Group, founded by Michael Byram and colleagues. As Professor Martyn Barrett explains in his foreword, the group undertook a range of projects involving cooperation between language learners in different countries. As a result of these projects, teachers and learners in different groups bonded and formed and built new intercultural and citizenship awareness. In doing so, they built an understanding of two concepts crucial to civic and citizenship education – global citizenship and intercultural citizenship.

Barry Tomalin. ICC Board member and Joint Managing Editor of TLC. Founder and facilitator of the ICC-recognised Business Cultural Trainers Certificate. Teaches at the Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University and International House London. Author and co-author of a number of books on international business culture, including World Business Cultures – a Handbook and Cross-Cultural Communication: Theory and Practice. Research interests cover international communication and cultures.

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