Foreign Students as a Tool for Promoting Intercultural Learning in High School: A Case Study in Argentina

By María Isabel Pozzo.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Education

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In the present paper we focus on the attitudes that Argentinean high school teachers have towards the educational benefits of foreign students in the classroom. In this regard, we have carried out a survey in a Rosario city private school which is constantly attended by exchange students. By means of a half-structured questionnaire, we elicited how important they consider these students in their conversations with other members of the school community, which activities have already been implemented or will be in the future, their opinions about the role of schools in the social integration of foreign students, the students' previous knowledge about Argentina, and other similar topics. The article concludes with some guidelines for the teachers to acquire a greater command of cultural diversity as a tool for enhancing learning in various subjects.

Keywords: Foreign Students, High School, Argentina, Intercultural Education

The International Journal of Diversity in Education, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp.63-89. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 722.233KB).

Dr. María Isabel Pozzo

Researcher, Instituto Rosario de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Educación (Rosario Research Institute in Science Education), National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

Professor and Doctor in Science Education (National University of Rosario). Master in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (University of Barcelona, Spain). Professor at the National University of Rosario, where she teaches Research Methodology. Researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina on topics related to teaching Spanish as a foreign language and intercultural education. Visiting scholar at University of Girona, Spain (granted by Spanish Agency of International Cooperation); Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (granted by Coimbra Group); Douglas College and Simon Fraser University of Vancouver, Canada (granted by the Canadian Government). Author of the books: Foreign language learning. A psychological perspective, The basics for Spanish as foreign language teacher. Editor of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language in Argentina: Experiencies and Reflections; Migrations and teacher Trainning. Contributions for an Intercultural Education.