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Sunday, May 17 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Workshop 3: Combatting Stereotypes in Intercultural Communication

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Although a hugely contested term and phenomenon, it is almost a truism now that ‘globalization’ has opened up possibilities of cultural exchange and created different forms of cultural conflict between different groups of people around the world. Thus, the pedagogical imperative in language education has been to account for diversities in the way we interact with one another through one or more languages. For example, intercultural communication and teaching aim to raise our awareness of how cultural differences shape communication, and how such differences could be taught in the classroom. Unfortunately, teaching cultural differences has often led to stereotyping cultures, with teachers shepherding their students towards unhelpful, and even dangerous, labels and categories of people as if these people think, behave and act in exactly the same way. In this workshop, I would like to share my own attempts at addressing this pedagogical dilemma: how to raise awareness of intercultural issues in communication but avoiding the usual trap of stereotyping people. My workshop draws inspiration from my classroom-based research in the area, especially from one of my recent publications in the Journal of Intercultural Education, entitled ‘Intercultural education in everyday practice’ (2014), currently among the top ten Most Read Articles of the journal.

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Ruanni Tupas

Dr. Ruanni F. TUPAS is an Assistant Professor at the English Language and Literature Academic Group of the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. Prior to his NIE position, he was Senior Lecturer at the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) where he taught for ten years from 2002-2012. | | From 2009-2012, he was Co-Director (with KC Lee) of a SGD$485,000 capability-building... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Conference Room 1 Block A, Level 5

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