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Cosmopolitan imaginings: creativity and responsibility in the language classroom

Quist, G; (2013) Cosmopolitan imaginings: creativity and responsibility in the language classroom. LANGUAGE AND INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION , 13 (3) 330 - 342. 10.1080/14708477.2013.804536. Green open access

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Abstract

Appreciating difference and combating intolerance are inadequate to effect intercultural transformative experiences in an age of complexity, ambiguities and mobilities. I argue that the tolerance view of intercultural communication is patronising and does not prepare students for future roles in which they can impact upon the world. To realise their ‘obligation to others’ students need the freedom to imagine themselves in roles where they engage with others in responsible ways. Utilising sympathetic and dialogic imagination opens up spaces in the classroom where learners can frame their language learning as ethical intercultural engagements. Referring to a case study of an oral presentation task in a Dutch language class as part of a modern language degree, I show how students use their creativity, cosmopolitan perspectives and multiple voices to re-author themselves as ethical future professionals.

Type: Article
Title: Cosmopolitan imaginings: creativity and responsibility in the language classroom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14708477.2013.804536
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14708477.2013.804536
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
Keywords: ethical intercultural engagements, sympathetic imagination, dialogic imagination, cosmopolitan perspectives, heteroglossia
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1386986
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