This course combines the investigation of cultural issues that inevitably surround working within a foreign environment with hands-on experience in the education sector. Students will be based in local primary schools, high schools, and adult learning centers, where they will be assisting and/or teaching the English language to local second language learners. The course will mainly be based on the intercultural knowledge that the intern stands to gain through their work experience. In addition to Intercultural Studies, we will also consider other diverse but related areas such as Organizational Theory, Human Resources, Ethics and Spain’s economic situation.
The first part of the seminar aims to guide the student through their onsite experience in an educational organization and to enable them to interrelate the theories we will be learning with the practical experience of second language teaching. In the second part of the course, we will consider the unquestionable fact of the internationalization of companies and the consequent globalization of the economy. Business and economic activities are dominated by two fundamental elements: The opening of the markets, with a progressive elimination of physical and administrative barriers, and the intensive use of information and communication technologies. Managers and employees, in general, must be prepared to think globally, act locally and work digitally.
Organizations and companies increasingly value any international experiences on a candidate’s résumé. A worker with intercultural competence is more flexible, analytical, tolerant to change and open-minded. Everything that a global company needs!