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TV News for Promoting Interculturalism: A Novel Step towards Immigrant Integration

Objective

The purpose of this project is to show how political news contents can be used as educational materials in foreign languages classes to facilitate immigrants’ language acquisition and at the same time furthering political and social integration. Much immigration will sustain, also now integration problematic in many societies, which stemmed in large part from the creation of 'parallel societies' and lack of effective integration policies. The integration of immigrant communities in host societies is dependent upon the learning of the national language of the state in question, and on that we must insist. Besides, it is closely bound up with their knowledge on the societies in which they live. The research draws upon the concept of Interculturalism as an attempt to reinforce cultural dialogue and foster the process of immigrant integration. The first phase of the project involves an empirical content analysis of political news from four television news broadcasts in Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands and Brazil. Drawing on the insights of the analysis, we will work on the production of an online tool of educational materials to be employed in language lessons, in particular: English, Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese courses. The effectiveness of this tool for intercultural learning and integration will be evaluated drawing on focus groups formed by immigrants in the four different countries attending those language courses. By identifying most recent standards of contents production of political news developed by digital television in the four countries, we aim to obtain inherent alternatives and initiatives for learning decisive aspect in order to improve the political, cultural and identity awareness of immigrants in their host countries and foster Interculturalism.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Address

Spui 21
1012wx Amsterdam

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 183 469,80

Administrative Contact

Digna Van Der Woude (Mrs.)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 327228

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2013

  • End date

    31 May 2015

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 183 469,80

  • EU contribution

    € 183 469,80

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands