Building Meta-Cultural Awareness

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This chapter explores collaborative virtual exchange or Student Mobility Experience (SME) as a learning space which supports both faculty and students to develop intercultural competencies. First, there is a description of the characteristics indicative of successful SMEs that support the goal of building global citizenship, followed by the characteristics of global citizenship supported in a travel-study or SME. Then this chapter examines how these characteristics might be operationalized within the curriculum development of Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning (COIL) which has the potential to reach the larger university population. COIL experiences can be designed so that students practice activities aimed at building meta-linguistic and meta-cultural awareness, the hallmarks of intercultural growth. As future teachers engage in activities to learn about themselves and others, they begin their journey towards global citizenship. They learn to create a more just and equitable educational space for their students and become role models of global citizenship for the next generation.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationCreating Classrooms of Peace in English Language Teaching
StatePublished - 2022


  • Education
  • International and Intercultural Communication

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