Being a good neighbour: developing intercultural understanding through critical dialogue between an Australian and Finnish cross-case study

Maria Lobytsyna*, Josephine Moate, Robyn Moloney

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    Abstract

    Language educators in Australia and Finland are expected to foster intercultural understanding within foreign language education. This paper presents findings from a qualitative case study focusing on theoretical and practical intercultural understanding in secondary school language education. The data for this study includes lesson observations as well as student and teachers interviews collected in two secondary schools in Australia and Finland. The findings demonstrate the complex resources teachers and students draw on to develop and share intercultural understanding. The discussion addresses the value of different perspectives and the need for a new metaphor to conceptualise intercultural understanding.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)621-636
    Number of pages16
    JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
    Volume20
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

    Keywords

    • being a neighbour
    • critical intercultural dialogue
    • foreign language education
    • intercultural pedagogy
    • Intercultural understanding

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