The development of linguistic and cultural mediation skills, as the new descriptors on the
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages show, is a major focus in
language education, whose central aim is to face the challenge of expressing one world
view through a language normally used to express a different one. The reading
experience, which can involve different media, offers opportunities to come into contact
with diverse contexts and personal circumstances, thus contributing to intercultural
awareness and offering a fertile soil to develop mediation skills. In this session, we will discuss the concept of mediation, explore a selection of texts and propose ways of approaching them to develop opportunities for mediation.
- discuss the concept of mediation and its implications for language teaching
- explore the potential of short narratives, poems and video-poems as spaces to develop linguistic and cultural mediation skills, transcending cultural borders to build empathy.
The facilitator will present the concept of mediation and invite participants to consider its implications for language teaching. The session will then be a workshop to discuss texts and suggest strategies to approach them with linguistic and cultural mediation in mind.
Council of Europe: Language Policy Programme - Education Policy Division - Education Department (2018). Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment Companion Volume with New Descriptors
Ferradas, C.M.. (2016). "Reflexiones sobre el enfoque intercultural en la enseñanza de lenguas: Más allá de la teoría". Revista Lenguas V;vas 12, pp. 15 – 23, Noviembre 2016