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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 -  
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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