about this bookdeutsch english Being a member of the European Union, Romania is part of an international context, where cross-cultural relations are increasingly promoted and maintained, as our society must be prepared to get in touch with different foreign cultures. Teaching foreign languages, underlining the importance of cross-cultural communication may be a first step in this respect. As nowadays there are so many connections among societies worldwide, cross-cultural contacts are part of most areas of activity, contemporary society facing various patterns of behaviour and attitudes belonging to different foreign cultures. Not long ago, Romania opened itself to the West from the economic and cultural point of view, and now together with other member states more and more effort is already put forth to achieve the planned goals in the economic, political, social and educational fields. Thus, the target of Romania, especially after the implementation of The European Convention on the protection of minorities, was to reach a new goal concerning its foreign policy - returning to Europe - proving to be more open to the issues of minorities. As part of a globalized capitalism and an increasing development of international mobility, we get in touch with members of foreign cultures and must face critical incidents and circumstances in which we require appropriate cross-cultural skills. By teaching elements of cross-cultural communication during the classes of foreign languages, we can reduce a potential conflict caused by cultural differences, and those who learn a foreign language might also acquire cross-cultural skills. Thus, Romania would benefit from a moral and a material point of view, both economically and culturally. At the same time, some social tensions could be avoided. Furthermore, the main beneficiaries might be the pupils and students, who are granted a large number of scholarships in the German speaking countries. Within a foreign environment they encounter cross-cultural communication gaps and they have to manage these situations. Multiculturalism is also present in Romania, more than twenty national minorities live together in our country being recognized by the Romanian Government and protected by the Constitution. In Banat we can even speak about interculturalism, as for centuries this region has been an example of a successful coexistence of different cultures within the same society. Thus, the inhabitants of Banat have created their own intercultural identity.
keywordsDaF DaF-Unterricht Fremdkulturenerwerb Fremdverstehen Friedenserziehung Gelebte Interkulturalität Germanistik Interkulturelle Bildung Interkultureller Dialog Kulturelle Identität Methodische Vorschläge
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