Event Title

Challenges of interculturalism in contemporary Kosovo

Session

Education and Development

Description

Due the political economic and social crisis in Kosovo, two parallel educational systems exist. Schools attended by Albanian, Bosnian and Turk students work according to regulations of Kosovo Ministry of Education while schools attended by Serb and Goran students work according to regulations of Serbian Ministry of Education. Moreover, the schools are also physically separated so that Serb and Albanian youth do not have opportunities to communicate or create friendships, which causes very low intercultural sensitivity by the Kosovo students. The ESL textbooks recommended by the ministries of education were examined on cultural content in order to design a strategy aiming the increase of intercultural competences of the Kosovo high school students, by using additional ESL textbooks that contain cultural elements of the ethnicities that live in Kosovo.

Keywords:

interculturalism, ESL textbooks, culture, big c, little c

Session Chair

Silvishah Miftari Goodspeed

Session Co-Chair

Halil Bashota

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-437-69-1

Location

Pristina, Kosovo

Start Date

27-10-2018 1:30 PM

End Date

27-10-2018 3:00 PM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2018.119

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Challenges of interculturalism in contemporary Kosovo

Pristina, Kosovo

Due the political economic and social crisis in Kosovo, two parallel educational systems exist. Schools attended by Albanian, Bosnian and Turk students work according to regulations of Kosovo Ministry of Education while schools attended by Serb and Goran students work according to regulations of Serbian Ministry of Education. Moreover, the schools are also physically separated so that Serb and Albanian youth do not have opportunities to communicate or create friendships, which causes very low intercultural sensitivity by the Kosovo students. The ESL textbooks recommended by the ministries of education were examined on cultural content in order to design a strategy aiming the increase of intercultural competences of the Kosovo high school students, by using additional ESL textbooks that contain cultural elements of the ethnicities that live in Kosovo.