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This PIM is jointly held with the BAAL Intercultural Communication SIG.
In today’s globalised, yet increasingly polarised world, communication skills, cultural knowledge, cultural sensitivity and open-mindedness towards others would seem to be more important than ever. The task of helping all students develop this core intercultural competence is surely one to be shared by all educators, but as EAP teachers and language professionals we are perhaps better placed than many to address it, to increase awareness of its importance and share our best practice with colleagues in other disciplines.
We would warmly welcome proposals for papers on any aspect of this broad theme. For example, papers could focus on, but not be limited to, the following topics:
In the classroom
This strand hopes to answer questions such as: Should we explicitly teach/attempt to facilitate intercultural communication in the EAP classroom? If so, how do we do it, and can/should it be assessed?
This strand hopes to answer questions such as: What is our role in preparing students for and helping them navigate campus life and an internationalised curriculum?
This strand hopes to answer questions such as: What intercultural competencies do we need to develop as teachers? How can we help develop these across our institutions?
Wider Social Responsibility and Social Justice
This strand hopes to answer questions such as: What role does the field of language and intercultural communication have in, and in what ways can it contribute to, addressing the recent worldwide political events that have challenged liberal, critical and ethical discourses on issues such as diversity, intercultural relations and social justice.
The theme could apply equally to pre-sessional or in-sessional EAP, and to undergraduate, post-graduate and foundation programme students in the UK and around the world.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Adrian Holliday of Canterbury Christchurch University
In the meantime please don’t hesitate to contact Martin with any queries, comments or suggestions using the conference email address.