Intercultural Competence Development in the World Language Classroom

Facilitator-in-Training: Dr. Sarah Lindstrom

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Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm Eastern Time

What is Intercultural competence and what is its role in language learning?
In this 90-minute webinar, learn the components of intercultural competence and how they form part of a meaningful language curriculum. Examine your own practice and discover ways to improve learning experiences in ways that increase student outcomes related to the attitudes, knowledge, and skills of intercultural competence. Learn reflection strategies to help you continuously develop in this work.

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Sarah Lindstrom

Sarah Lindstrom teaches Spanish and is a department coordinator in Bristol, Connecticut. She has taught Spanish in grades 4-12 and to adults, English to secondary school students in Spain and multilingual learners in Connecticut, as well as world language methods courses to graduate students. Her passion is teaching language in ways that increase students’ curiosity, empathy, and understanding toward themselves and the world around them. During her year as Teacher-in-Residence at ACTFL, Sarah developed a great appreciation of the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and all they offer to help teachers guide their students to be global citizens. Her research interests include intercultural competence, real-world curriculum design, increasing access to language courses, and connecting proficiency development with cross-cultural skills.