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THE NEWLY DESIGNED COURSE THE CROSS-CURRICULAR TOPIC MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION IN ENGLISH CLASSES

Lenka Hessova

doi: 10.18355/PG.2016.5.2.217-231

Abstract
In the paper I focus on implementing intercultural aims in L2 classes as intercultural education has become a compulsory part of the Czech curricula. We can see reforming attempts to include intercultural education in school curricula across the whole Europe and we can say that the challenges arising from these attempts are shared and experienced by many European countries. I would like to describe a course “Multicultural Education in English classes “I ran in 2014/2015 for the pre-service teachers at the University of South Bohemia. I will describe the background of intercultural education and I shall explain why courses similar to mine are needed at universities in the Czech Republic and, I dare to say, anywhere in Europe.
In the course I introduced essential theory first then I provided students with examples of practical activities developing communicative language competence described in Common European Framework of Reference for languages (2001). Within the seminar I offered room for the students to create and to try their own intercultural L2 class in form of peer teaching. The lesson plans for peer-teaching were then published on the Internet for in-service teachers to use. Though the course is aimed at Czech students, it is based on policy promoted by the Council of Europe and the Centre of Modern Languages so it allows the course itself to function internationally and slightly modified version of the course can then be used anywhere in Europe.

Key words
cross-curricular topics, intercultural, L2, the course

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