Intercultural Training Modules

INTRODUCTION

Intercultural Competence is a complex topic fraught with controversial issues. Therefore, it is not easy to measure and assess its effectiveness. It is necessary for students to be taught the key process skills throughout the classes. This means that Intercultural Competences must be integrated into the curriculum. In addition, students must be provided with opportunities for intercultural interactions, like learning or study-abroad opportunities, international interactions, cultural experiences within their communities. This way, they are expected to develop personal and social skills in order to live and work in an international environment. On the one hand, they learn to listen, observe, analyze, evaluate and interpret so that they gain cultural self-awareness and deep understanding and knowledge of others’ world views as well as flexibility, adaptability, empathy and the ability to withhold judgment. On the other hand, they become aware of the relation between language and meaning in societal context, while they gain general openness to intercultural learning and people from other cultures, they behave and communicate effectively in a multicultural environment and they show respect and tolerance when valuing other cultures. All in all, the expected improvements are a gain of experiences to teach intercultural competences in different national and institutional environments of vocational training and a gain of expertise for teachers in vocational training to teach intercultural competences, based on multinational tested materials.

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