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The perception gap in cross-cultural training: an investigation of British Council English language teaching projects in China
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International Journal of Educational Development Volume 25, Number 3, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

This paper examines the implementation of British Council English language teaching projects at Chinese universities. The study argues that the key to successful cross-cultural communication is an informed appreciation of the perception gap that separates donor and recipient. Cultural sensitivity and the use of a culturally appropriate methodology are of fundamental importance in educational development projects. The study argues that a local willingness to promote change is the key to sustainability of innovation. Rather than a focus on the transfer of technical skills in classrooms, the successful long-term impact of development projects depends upon professional empowerment and emancipation for the teachers.

Citation

Gu, Q. (2005). The perception gap in cross-cultural training: an investigation of British Council English language teaching projects in China. International Journal of Educational Development, 25(3), 287-304. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved July 22, 2019 from .

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Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2004.10.001

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