Internationalisation at Home and Pedagogical Challenges: Intercultural Education

Having been defined by scholars in a number of ways, the concepts of Internationalization at Home (IaH) of higher education institutions have been widely advocated by foreign language educators to provide meaningful and relevant learning environments for learners within domestic contexts. This presentation aims at discussing how internationalization of curriculum can be enhanced by intercultural language teaching and learning. It will investigate cases of Thai as a foreign language at the National University of Singapore (NUS), discussing an integration of intercultural education into IaH, as well as reflecting on pedagogical considerations and challenges. Further, the paper will significantly highlight the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on pedagogical implications and opportunities.   

Sasiwimol Klayklueng is a senior lecturer and convenor of the Thai language programme at the Centre for Language Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS), where she has been coordinating and teaching Thai as a foreign language to learners of different levels of proficiency for almost 20 years. She received her M.A. in English Studies and Applied Linguistics from the NUS and the University of Melbourne, respectively. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in foreign language education with the University of Western Australia. Her research interests include foreign language education, intercultural education, technology-enhanced language learning and teaching materials development.