“We Need to Be Able to See the World Through the Eyes of Others”: Transforming Curricula in Teaching Foreign Languages


The United States Senator of Hawaii Daniel Kahikina Akaka was so right when he stressed the necessity of being "open to the world". Addressing the National Council for Languages and International Studies, he emphasized that "we need to be able to see the world through the eyes of others if we are going to understand how to resolve the complex problems we face." In the age of globalization and transnational communication, higher education should be transformed in order to apply an integrative approach, especially when it comes to academic programs for teaching foreign languages. University curricula for language learning in the 21st century should include translingual and transcultural competence, as well as be broader and much more dynamic. The staff of the Faculty of Philology at Belgrade University have recognized this necessity and incorporated such new tendencies in the transformed program of teaching language, literature and culture within the numerous departments of this academic institution, and it is the purpose of this paper to demonstrate their success.

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Aleksandra Vranes, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Ljiljana Markovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Biljana Djoric Francuski, University of Belgrade, Serbia

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Conference: IICLLHawaii2016
Stream: Language education

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