Multicultural and Citizenship Awareness through Language: Cross Thematic Practices in Language Pedagogy


Series: Dialogues among Civilizations and Cultures
BISAC: LAN009000

This book offers a theoretical backdrop on issues related to multicultural education and intercultural approaches to language pedagogy as well as a wide repertoire of educational practices for developing intercultural awareness and communication along with the enhancement of second/foreign language skills development. Considering the growing multicultural nature of education as well as the development of cultural knowledge, intercultural awareness constitutes a significant parameter in promoting effective communication and mutual understanding, leading to social inclusion beyond the classroom boundaries. These cultural dimensions stress the need for teachers to adopt effective practices (in the foreign language classroom) that blend intercultural knowledge and understanding, and enable students to identify themselves, understand others, and use a foreign language to convey and create a cultural reality.
It provides a space to academics, researchers and practitioners to present studies and projects that create an environment of “interculturality” in foreign language classrooms, in an attempt to open students’ minds towards the acceptance of “cultural otherness”. This book does not pretend to be a work about theory; the authors do not, for example, delve into the complexities of the relationship between language, culture and globalization. The focus is on the manner with which teachers perceive the cultural dimension of foreign language teaching and learning as well as their students’ knowledge of and attitudes toward the target language countries, including their reflections on their own teaching practices. The contributors of this book report and reflect on practices that heighten students’ multicultural sensitivity and intercultural awareness, and are relevant to a range of stakeholders. They also discuss challenges of cross-curricular and CLIL applications in diverse contexts based on playful activities and stories that make students “know” and “apply” the culturally appropriate behaviour that goes with a second/foreign language.
The book consists of a selection of thirteen chapters that comprise eleven studies conducted by the two authors, Eleni Griva and Vasilios Zorbas, in collaboration with some researchers. Moreover, two colleagues, who are experts in the field of multiculturalism and intercultural communication, were invited to submit a chapter for this book, which is divided into three parts: The first part, consisting of four chapters, focuses on multicultural education issues. The second part, consisting of six chapters, discusses the role of “play” in multicultural awareness/ intercultural communication and second/foreign language development. The third part, consisting of three chapters, centers on aspects and considerations of the CLIL and multicultural/citizenship awareness. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Intercultural Approaches in the Foreign Language Classroom
Ioannis Karras (Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting, Ionian University, Kerkira, Greece)

Chapter 2. Cultural Diversity and the Teaching of English: Teachers’ and Immigrant Students’ Attitudes and Views
Eleni Papakyritsopoulou and Vasilios Zorbas (Hellenic Open University, Patra, Greece)

Chapter 3. Teachers ‘Talk about’ Using Differentiated Instruction in Multicultural Classes
Eleni Griva and Maria Tatsioka (Associate Professor, University of Western Macedonia, Greece, and others)

Chapter 4. Transmitting Culture through Coursebooks: The Case of “Magic Book 1” and “Magic Book 2″
Makrina Zafiri (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, and others)

Chapter 5. ”Planguaging” for Developing Multi/Intercultural Awareness and Communication: A Play-Oriented Approach in a Language Classroom
Eleni Griva and Klio Semoglou (Faculty of Education, University of Western Macedonia, Greece)

Chapter 6. Travel around the World through Stories and Games: Developing Young Children’s Communicative Skills and Multicultural Awareness
Sitsa Lazaridou, Eleni Griva, and Vasilios Zorbas (University of Western Macedonia, Greece and others)

Chapter 7. ”We and Our Neighbours”: Developing Communication Strategies and Intercultural Awareness in a Foreign Language Classroom
Eleni Griva and Isaak Papadopoulos (University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece, and others)

Chapter 8. ”Meet” Other Cultures through Storytelling: Cross-Thematic Practices in a Primary School Classroom
Kalliope Lazaridou and Vasilios Zorbas (University of Western Macedonia, Greece, and others)

Chapter 9. ”Interact and ‘Discover’ the Greek Culture”: Using Tablets and Interactive Video as Tools for Learning a Second/Foreign Language
Magda Ioannidou, Eleni Griva, and George Palegeorgiou (Department of Primary Education, University of Western Macedonia, Greece)

Chapter 10. ”Play, ‘Learn’ about New Cultures and Have Fun”: A Cross-Thematic Project in a Primary Classroom
Alexandra Fotopoulou, Eleni Griva, and Vasilios Zorbas (Department of Elementary Education, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece, and others)

Chapter 11. ”Citizenship in Education throughout the Centuries”: Promoting Cultural Awareness through a CLIL Project
Argyro Andria (Hellenic Open University, Greece, and others)

Chapter 12. ”Travel and Explore New Cultures”: A CLIL Project for Developing Multicultural Awareness
Chrysanthi Markou and Eleni Griva (University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece)

Chapter 13. ”Living Together in a Culturally Diverse World”: Designing and Implementing a CLIL Project in Primary Education
Isaak Papadopoulos and Evangelia Theologou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)


This book is mostly geared toward individuals in the greater vicinity of (language) pedagogy and multiculturalism ranging from educators, academics and researchers in education to curriculum designers, course developers, policymakers and non-governmental organizations sensitive to issues of international migration, equality, peace and cultural and linguistic diversity.

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