absolutely intercultural 27 +++ The 1st Anniversary Show +++ Behind the scenes +++ Show 1 revisited +++

It is our birthday today – and we are taking you behind the scenes of absolutely intercultural!

Happy 1st birthday to AISo because this is our first birthday episode, we are going to be a bit more self-centred then usually.

For the column absolutely nostalgic we’re taking a look back at our very first show. Do you remember? It was about the Tapas culture in Leon, in the north of Spain, and Steve Evans from the British Council in Madrid constructed an English lesson around this show. As he was one of the first teachers who have used our show in the classroom, I decided I should visit him and interview him about it. So I met Steve a while ago and we chatted about the reactions of his students and how our podcast has influenced their way of learning and communicating in the classroom. Please also have a look at the Madrid Young Learners Video Podcast, which they started after listening to our first show.

For our second column absolutely influential Anne, Laurent and I have talked about how our podcast has influenced our own working lives and maybe even our private lives. And right after that we’ll go absolutely indiscrete and take you behind the scenes of absolutely intercultural. Have you ever wondered how we actually produce this podcast and meet all the people for our interviews? Well, your questions will be answered soon. And we’ve got some confessions to make, but that’ll have to wait until later.

And in the end you can learn a little bit more about us, the makers and moderators of absolutely intercultural, if you like.
The next show will be coming to you on the 6th of April from Anne Fox in Denmark.
So long…stay tuned!

The host of this show is: Dr. Laurent Borgmann

Edited and co-hosted by: Karsten Kneese

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3 Responses to “absolutely intercultural 27 +++ The 1st Anniversary Show +++ Behind the scenes +++ Show 1 revisited +++”


  • Dear team of absolutely intercultural!
    Congratulations on a successful year of podcasting. I am really happy for you! Despite your busy schdules and other commitments you have done this up to a very high standard and always perfectly on time. I have listened to all your podcasts and enjoyed them thoroughly. Well Done.
    Wishing you more success!
    Greetings from Brighton, UK
    Lili Wilson

  • Hello everybody,

    congratulations for your podcast !!! I would very much like to listen to much more of this.

    But my item: do you know the most intercultural place in the world? It is not in the states, nor in England though they also speak English but not only English. No, I won’t make it more difficult for you to guess.

    The most intercultural place that I know lies in France, in Burgundy to be exact and is called Taizé. A lot of your items are ones I’ve got to know to there in the 70ies when I first went there. I join the link: http://www.taize.fr/ . Something I experienced in all these years that I’ve known Taizé and met people via meetings in a lot of different places is that it really has widened my sight of the world and made me more open to other people’s perspectives of life, believe, dreams…. And something important that my own German catholic background is something important to share….
    What I found interesting during all these years is that English of course is a lingua franca but there are much more languages that do exactly the main job for other cultures. Without interpreting sharing becomes difficult.
    By the way the brothers will help to organize ‘The Protestant Church Day’ (6th-10th June) in Cologne and will have prayers in St.Agnes on the 7th and 8th at 4 pm.

    I would also like to ask you a technical question: could you possibly include the older episodes in your i-tunes feed? (I’m too stupid to add them to my computer otherwise.)
    For the same reason I’d like to have links to the projects you’ve been talking about.

    Thanks a lot for your lovely podcast
    Irene

  • Hi Irene, hi everybody out there,
    thanks for all your praise about our podcast – we enjoy putting it together and are delighted that so many people seem to enjoy listening to it!
    You wrote:
    do you know the most intercultural place in the world? (…)
    The most intercultural place that I know lies in France, in Burgundy to be exact and is called Taizé. A lot of your items are ones I’ve got to know to there in the 70ies when I first went there. I join the link: http://www.taize.fr/ .

    You are right – religion is a very important part of culture and so far we have not covered it as much as we should. Thanks for the suggestion, we should start thinking in this direction. You wrote that the brothers will help to organize ‘The Protestant Church Day’ (6th-10th June) in Cologne, Germany? Any chance you might be involved in this and could be our “foreign correspondant”. I think it would be a wonderful idea to cover the Protestant Church Day here on our podcast and as I live in Cologne this would be no problem. Where do YOU live? Maybe we could share forces and go out there as a team with my recording machine? What do you think? This could be fun!

    Concerning your other two questions: We always try to link to the projects we talk about in the text on the web log http://www.absolutely-intercultural.com
    I have just checked and found several such links. However, if there are any links missing, please, do not hesitate to contact us to point this out.
    Also, you asked about downloading previous shows or the “Archive Function”. You were right, for some reason this was not on the main page any longer. However, Karsten has just mended that which means that you can find it in the box on the right hand side (under the picture). I also tried to configure the preferences of my i-tunes to download *all* the episodes, but was not successful so far. Maybe another of our listeners knows how to do this?
    In any case, Karsten has made sure that you can now go to the archives on the front page (bottom right) and see all the previous shows and download them.

    Hope this helps?
    Laurent

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