Skills to work in diverse communities
In high school studies, you will learn the skills to act linguistically and culturally in a diverse world. At the same time, the goal is to support your growth as an active world citizen with knowledge, skill and will to be involved in discussions and activities on global issues.
Your linguistic and cultural expertise is based on understanding your identity: What are the starting points, attitudes and values you approach when you encounter new and alien situations? What do you think and how do you act in a linguistically and culturally diverse world – what is your international self? Do you want and can become a citizen of the world, as outlined in the new high school curriculum? By creating a language profile, you can build your international skills.
Me and my identity
This section is intended to:
- understand all of which is built on your linguistic and cultural identity
- how the building of language and identity supports one's own well-being.
Your identity affects how you encounter different people, languages, and cultures. This section discusses language, culture and their relationship as it is me.
Me and my community
This section is intended to:
- Understand how language can be encouraged or restricted to your own or others' ability to participate and influence society;
- ways to interact even when there is no common language.
Communities (e.g. school, family, friends and hobby groups) are becoming more and more diverse, and no member of the community represents just one culture. Instead, your cultural identity is built on fragments of many different cultures, which are embraced in interaction with different people and communities. Understanding the meaning and value of diversity requires curiosity and open-mindedness towards a new or alien to one's own community, otherness. Understanding also requires the identification of cultural stereotypes and simplifications and the ability to detach themselves from them.
Meditation or constructive interaction
Multilingual and multicultural skills support mediating skills. Meditation is the ability to communicate between different parties even when, for one reason or another, the parties are unable to transmit messages (thoughts, text, anything to tell) directly to each other. Meditation is therefore a means of constructive interaction that can be used to support the encounter and interaction of other parties, thereby facilitating the encounter of one another.
Meditation is needed when communication is interrupted for the following reasons, among other things:
- the conversationaist uses a language, vocabulary or a register of a language that the other does not know
- the conversationaries discuss issues, one of which has lesser information (informational meditation: the debate is chaosed by the other party's lack of information, which may be due, for example, to the lack of information of the other party. educational background, cognitive development, e.g. when talking about a small child, or a life experience)
- there are cultural differences between the
- there are other limitations in the conversation that may be related to, for example, hearing or vision.
You can read more about mediation needs in English in the Council of Europe article Linguistic and Cultural Mediation.
Mediation descriptors help you become aware and develop your own constructive interaction skills. Mediation areas have been opened in the infographic below.
Descriptions of multilingual and cultural competences
The descriptors help to understand the skills to act linguistically and culturally in diverse communities.
Me and the world
The purpose of this section is to:
- Identify and understand your own starting points for internationalism
- Identify and understand the different forms of internationalism
- find ways and opportunities to use your own language skills as a tool for cooperation and influence in global communities on the international scene;
- understand the importance of cooperation in building a sustainable future and promoting democracy and to find opportunities for such cooperation.