AboutFumiko Kurihara is a professor at Chuo University. She received MA from Georgetown University, and Ph.D from International Christian University. She has been teaching English at the Faculty of Commerce for more than 20 years. She also teaches intercultural communication in a freshman seminar and in an overseas internship program. Her research interests are intercultural communicative competence in language learning, the role of mediation in communicative tasks, and the use of portfolios in teacher education.
Intercultural Communication in Language Education TYL & ICLE SIG Forum: Intercultural understanding in Japanese schools more
Sun, Jul 10, 11:45-13:15 Asia/Tokyo
This forum is a collaboration between the Teaching Young Learners (TYL) SIG and the Intercultural Communication in Language Education (ICLE) SIG. Its aim is to showcase how intercultural communication is approached in primary and secondary schools from a variety of perspectives. Some of our invited presenters will share their research based on descriptors from the Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures (FREPA) as to what degree intercultural communicative competence is promoted in the new elementary school English textbooks. Presenters will also discuss the difficulties of teaching aspects of an L2 that are not a common feature in the L1 sociocultural environment, engaging ways in which a teacher can introduce their own country and culture to a class, how the School Lunches Project promoted the development of an investigative stance towards plurality, and how intercultural understanding is incorporated in pre-service teacher education.