Developing Intercultural Competency in Japanese Language Learning Experiences
Spain / Learning conference Abstract Title: Developing Intercultural competency by Japanese language learning experiences In Australia, currently, Intercultural competency has been widely noticed as a key theme within a language teaching and learning environment. Under the Commonwealth Government funding, a Intercultural Language Teaching research project was implemented, and its result was published in 2003. Reflecting upon the research result, an Asian Language Professional Learning Project has been exercised during 2004 to promote Intercultural Language teaching within Asian language classroom in Australian schools, from Kindergarten to Year 12, and the project will be complete in the first half of 2005. The state of New South Wales' Department of Education and Training also indicates a link between the teaching of the Intercultural competency and Values education within the school system This study examines the reasons why such Intercultural competency now attracts considerable attention within the area of Language Other Than English education, and how it can link with Values education within the schools in NSW. Also it will examine how the teachers of Japanese language, particularly in primary school practice, perceive such new development. Discussion on the development of teaching Intercultural competency, the researcher's field notes on attending a series of professional development days for the language teachers, and Interviews with 4 primary school Japanese language teachers are analytically displayed in this study. As a result, this study clarifies the main objectives of promoting Intercultural competency. It will also indicate ways for teachers to help students develop Intercultural competency. Developing such competency will contribute to Australian school students, by providing a delicate balance of cultural, national, and global identifications through Japanese language learning experience.
Keywords: Intercultural competency, Japanese language learning, Language learning, Citizenship education, Values education
Ms Yuko Ramzan
PhD candidate, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong