Multicultural awareness through English: A potential contribution of TESOL in Greek schools

Richard Fay, Vally Lytra, Maria Ntavaliagkou

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The cultural diversity now evident in Greek society creates educational challenges and opportunities. Space to address these is provided by the multicultural awareness aspects of the discourse of the Cross-Thematic Curriculum Framework (CTCF). For English language classes, multicultural direction is provided through the disciplinary discussion of new teaching paradigm possibilities. In particular, these discussions encourage us to explore the repositioning of English teaching in Greek state schooling from a foreign language orientation towards a multicultural one. In this article, having set the context, we present the Multicultural Awareness Through English (MATE) paradigm. We conclude by illustrating the MATE paradigm in action. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-595
Number of pages15
JournalIntercultural Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • Greece
  • multicultural awareness through English
  • teaching English as a foreign language
  • teaching English to speakers of other languages


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