Københavns Professionshøjskole Læreruddannelsen

VM 1: English and Geography united – Developing intercultural competencies by working with regional studies

Brief description of the module

The academic foundation of this module is knowledge, studies and experiences of other cultures with a specific starting point in the planning and participation of a study trip to an English-speaking region.


The didactic starting point of the module is a focus on exemplary locations. To enhance intercultural competences, the focus will be on students developing skills and acquiring knowledge about living conditions and practices based on different environmental and cultural conditions.


During the module we shall work with the following questions:

  • What is intercultural competence and world citizens?
  • How can interdisciplinary courses in Geography and English be planned meaningfully?
  • How can we plan a cross-curricular study trip?
  • What is the role of globalisation for the development of different cultural and linguistic practices?
  • How do we integrate a study trip within the requirements of the subjects English and Geography?


The knowledge foundation of the module

The knowledge foundation within the subject of English is based on national and international research and development of intercultural competence, cultural encounters and culture teaching within English as a foreign language.


The knowledge foundation within the subject of Geography is based on human, sociological and scientific theory and research, addressing problem areas related to local and regional geographical conditions.


The specific pedagogical foundation within geography in this module is based on geographic and general pedagogical knowledge, preferably based on research and developmental work in a Danish and Nordic School tradition with a focus on the school subject geography.


The module is approved for the following subjects, incl. ECTS points

English: 10 ECTS

Geography: 10 ECTS


Areas related to this module (teaching subjects)

English and Geography


Admittance Requirements



Competence areas included in the module


Elements of competence area 2, language acquisition and foreign language communication, competence area 3, intercultural competence and competence area 4, foreign language didactics.



Elements of competence area 1, didactic science perspectives on geography, competence area 3 geography in interdisciplinary collaboration and competence area 4, the teaching of core areas within Geography.


Aims that are part of the module

Proficiency: The student has abilities to

Knowledge: The student has knowledge about

plan and underpin teaching which includes examples of diverse cultural practices and cultural meetings

cultural encounters including pragmatic competence and interaction between language, culture and identity

select and underpin the content of language, culture and society relevant to English teaching

linguistic variation, culture and society in the English-speaking world as well as factors relevant to globalisation

plan and underpin processes which support their own and pupils' development of intercultural competence

intercultural competence

plan and underpin international cooperation and intercultural projects in English teaching

opportunities and methodologies for international cooperation, including the use of IT

organize and underpin single discipline as well as interdisciplinary teaching which focuses on the pupil’s general education

the subject's contribution to general education and coherence with other subjects

plan, implement and evaluate teaching which enhances the use of specialised language


pupils’ and different groupings of pupils’ conceptualisations and development of specialised language within Geography

plan, implement and evaluate differentiated Geography lessons involving analyses and explanations from natural social sciences

the interdisciplinary identity of Geography didactics, the understanding of living conditions based on explanations of natural and social sciences

using maps, models, statistics, films and written sources which provide pupils an overview and understanding of inequalities in living conditions and enable them to discuss solutions

the world's population, division, interaction and development on the basis of natural, economic and political conditions

plan, implement and evaluate teaching that enables pupils to understand the causes and consequences of globalisation, including the involvement of their roles as world citizens


globalisation and its impact on culture, nature, living standards and relations between states and peoples


Working methods in the module (study activity model)

Category 1: 67 hours

Category 2: 165 hours

Category 3: 38 hours

Category 4: 5 hours


The module relation to practice

School visits, possible teaching in selected region selected.


Participation requirements

Students are expected to participate actively in the in the lessons of the module in order for the instructor to assess the learning outcome of the student as equaling at least Passed on the Danish 7-point grading scale. The student will continuously be informed of their level of attainment if the instructor sees indicators of the student not being able to meet the participation requirements.


In addition, the following:

  • Planning and participation in the study.
  • Preparation of 2 teacher approved presentations to fellow students, either before, during or after the study tour.
  • Preparation of a cross-curricular teaching plan.


Requirements for passing the module

Passing the module requires approval of the participation requirements listed above. Approval of the participation requirements are based on the student having fulfilled the objective demands of the module, e.g. deadlines for handing in assignments, structural requirements, academic integrity, and content relevance.

Fulfillment of each individual participation requirement is based on the assessment by the instructor of the above listed requirements as well as the skills and knowledge requirements of the module. The result of the assessment will be communicated to the student as passed/not passed. In the case of a student not passing the module, please refer to part 1, paragraph 5.2.3 of the curriculum.

Oversigt over studieordning 2016 (LU 13, Frb.)


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