Expectations to intercultural competence in TEFL
My expectations are that intercultural competence is now a mix between the modern and postmodern traditions in which both aspects from the modern phase where culture is taught through the content, that being the textbooks and materials used in the classroom. But as of being in the postmodern period of teaching intercultural language now, culture is not just a geographic location or a certain person, but much more focused on the individuals learning process and with a purpose of raising cultural awareness.
Expectations with intercultural competence professionally and personally:
- Professionally to becoming a teacher that can teach my students about culture through their language development taking into account both experiences, attitudes, emotions and so on…
- Personally, I hope to become much more aware myself – because how else would I be able to convey that to students?
I believe I have met my expectations to a degree, as I have realised, there is no “an endpoint” within the subject of intercultural competence or cultural awareness; there is no result, but I’ve identified the duty to constantly evolve my own horizon and knowledge.
My expected learning goals of EN1 have been divided into personal and professional (academic) goals. I hope that by the end of this module, I will be…
- Improving my English language
- Having a greater sense of “me as an English teacher”
- Obtaining a study-relevant job
- Testing theory from the module (e.g., during the internship)
- Becoming familiar with functional grammar; participants, processes and circumstances
- Receiving a better know-how about analysis of students’ texts
Retro-perspective on Learning Goals (Added: 28.05.2017)
I have reached the professional goals more or less, yet regarding my personal goals I have realised, that I have many more sub-goals linked to both gaining a greater sense of me as en English teacher and improving my English language e.g., I need to gain a better grammatical understanding (the name of word groups, sub-clauses, etc.) of the English language, in order to conduct thorough interlanguage analyses and to teach (in general). To meet this need, I created the Cheat Sheet #1 as one of my reflections. Otherwise, I felt like I should have attended more English classes to completely reach my professional goals, but as far as personal goals, I feel like I succeeded.