Knowledge Societies and Interculturalsm
Recorded: Thursday, April 18th, 2013 @ 7:00 am - 7:20 am HST
Duration: 20 minutes
To learn a foreign language implies to learn about its culture. There is a very close interrelation between them because language is not only an important aspect of culture, but also a means to access to its cultural expressions.
At this moment, the world is experiencing new changes, distances are becoming shorter, and communication among distant countries is faster. There is also an exchange of knowledge all over the world. As a result, cultures are known, compared, contrasted to produce a multicultural competence. (MCRE)
As teachers, we must not neglect to work with the cultural aspect of the foreign language our students are studying. The use of multimedia devices in the classroom let us access to a great amount of knowledge. But, also, to know about other cultures, let others know about ours and spread our horizons.
Knowledge Societies can be defined as nets that demand an updating of knowledge in order to share it. Its constituent are education, culture and communication
Collaborative work provokes collaborative learning work environment. Setting up collaborative groups might lead to the creation of sustainable platforms for sharing knowledge, research and innovation among the planet’s different regions.
Innovation is another important element. It helps motivate the interculturality with the use of technology.
The inclusion of the so called “new technologies” helps to create knowledge networks nationally and internationally. It also promotes new approaches and methods: face to face, face to face using technologies, online, virtual.
In the learning – teaching processes, students should be encouraged about developing values. As an example, we can mention respect to all cultural aspects of the different countries, the sense of others where equality is developed respecting the cultural background of all the countries.
Revista:Teoría de la Educación. Educación y Cultura en la Sociedad de la Información.(2010). Artículo EL IMPACTO DE LAS TIC EN LA TRANSFORMACIÓN DE LA ENSEÑANZA UNIVERSITARIA: REPENSAR LOS MODELOS DE ENSEÑANZA YAPRENDIZAJE. Universidad de Salamanca
UNESCO (2005). Towards Knowledge Societies