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Cultivating  Students’ Intercultural  Awareness  through Teaching: Things Fall Apart in  upper-secondary  school
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay argues that literary works like Things Fall Apart, in combination with teaching strategies and methods such as scaffolding, discussions, and contextualization, can help cultivate students’ intercultural awareness, which entails that students gain an advanced and profound form of awareness, so that students can view cultures as more complex and distinct. Moreover, this essay takes on a sociocultural perspective where the main point is that students are not able to create meaning without a strong sense of purpose, and this theory will allow me to describe how teachers should approach teaching this novel more efficiently.Additionally, this essay suggests that teaching this novel alone does not help cultivate students’ intercultural understanding; instead teachers have to combine the teachings of this novel with strategies and methods such as scaffolding, discussions and contextualization.Besides, this essay underlines the purpose for cultivating students’ intercultural understanding by raising awareness of both how the Swedish curriculum’s strives to foster compassion and understanding of other cultures, and how the fifth goal of the English subject aims to develop students’ ability to reflect and discuss living conditions, social issues, and cultural features in English speaking countries. Essentially, by reading Things Fall Apart, students can with the teachers’ help learn to understand their own culture, and they can gain a more profound perspective of culture, which also is essential in developing students’ own understanding.Finally, because this novel can introduce students to new and unknown perspectives, students can essentially thrive and learn to view culture in a more advanced way, resulting in an increased intercultural understanding.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 27
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-56235OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-56235DiVA, id: diva2:1080409
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English
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Available from: 2017-03-10 Created: 2017-03-10 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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