Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Understanding the Other: a dialogue-building lesson plan

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This lesson, crafted by Lea Gabay, is designed for a course aimed at fostering dialog building and intercultural communication through language teaching between communities who are in conflict. This particular lesson is centered on dialog between the Arab Muslim and Jewish communities in France. Half of the participants are French of North African descent from countries such as Algeria, Morocco, or Tunisia while the other half consists of a mixture of French Sephardic Jews, Jews who are descendants of Spain and Portugal, and Ashkenazic Jews, Jews who have origins from Eastern Europe. There are eight participants in the class: six boys and two girls aged between 13 and 14 years old; they have an upper-intermediate to advanced level of English. This class is mostly oral communication-based with occasional focus on lexis and pragmatics. It is held under the auspices of an organization called Amitié judéo-musulmane (Jewish-Muslim Friendship) at a youth center in Seine-Saint Denis, a suburb of Paris. The course takes place twice a week on Wednesday and Sunday from 3 to 4:30pm and lasts three months. 

To read the Lesson Plan online, click here.
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Lea Gabay is a French American graduate student who is studying for a Master's in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, CA. She previously taught English as a Foreign Language for several years in various countries, particularly in Vietnam. She is passionate about interfaith dialog building, social justice, women's rights, and plans to teach adult literacy and English as a Foreign Language to refugee and immigrant populations.