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Intercultural education through children's literature

Author(s) Tatiana Wilson  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2001  
Editor A. Ross, Learning for Democratic Europe  
Language English  
Age group -  
Keywords/Abstract
The aim of this paper is to consider the potential for using translations of children's literature alongside the original text in increasing awareness of other cultures. This is done through a reflective evaluation of work undertaken in Only Connect, a two-year EU project funded by Comenius. The project aimed to: introduce teachers to the potential of working with literature from other cultures; increase children's understanding of other cultures; introduce children to learning another language; increase the body of literature in translation for children. Similar projects exist, such as Cotton's (2000) European Picture Book Collection (EPBC), which uses European children's literature to implement a European dimension in primary education. Cotton has developed a collection of European picture books and a set of suggested activities which teachers in English-speaking schools can trial in their classes with particular reference to the National Literacy Strategy (1998). Her work is a valuable contribution to this field of inter-cultural awareness yet differs from the Only Connect project in that many of her ideas have yet to be used in schools
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