Panel no. 94 - Educating the Next Generation in Multicultural Communication - Paradigm Shift: Bridging East and West, Successful Foreign Language Teaching Practices and Communication Beyond Words and Facts


Convenor

Title Prof First name Gergana Last name Petkova
Institution Sofia University "St Kliment Ohridski" City Sofia Country BG

Co-Convenor

Title Prof First name Vladlena Last name Fedyanina
Institution name Moscow City Pedagogy University City Moscow Country RU

Panel

Panel title

Educating the Next Generation in Multicultural Communication - Paradigm Shift: Bridging East and West, Successful Foreign Language Teaching Practices and Communication Beyond Words and Facts

Panel abstract

21st century generations live in a multicultural and multilingual environment. They are surrounded by fast-track changes and constant close interactions between cultures and peoples. Yet Aristotle's legacy "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all" is often overshadowed by international rating systems and their objective results, which never actually measure the state of the heart (心), but only the state of the mind. Still, the successful intercultural communication very often involves much more than words, grammar, IT skills and facts knowledge. Some very good examples of both communication gaps and successful communication breakthroughs beyond pure pragmatics are to be found in the interaction between Asia and Europe. This Panel invites specialists in Asian Studies and education, who pursue holistic approaches to teaching foreign languages and cultures. The aim of the panel is to gather educators who will discuss new methods for "educating the hearts" of young people, in order to help them become more tolerant to other cultures, language-barrier-free and more environment-aware. Traditional East Asian philosophy and educative practices are also very welcome in this panel, as they will help us discover old-new paths for successful education of next generation. We are looking for a vivid discussion of traditional language-culture teaching opposed to modern tendencies in foreign language education as stated by CEFR. Together we shall be questioning the ability of 21st century education programs to "educate hearts" and the necessity of reconsidering the educational priorities/paradigms to adapt them to ever faster changing world of multiculturalism.

IUAES Commission