With reference to the current context of intercultural education in Germany, this paper describes the concept behind a series of specially designed audio-visual media that feature stories and games as the focus of novel forms of presentation. Four audio cassettes and four video films, each with an accompanying explanatory booklet, present Italian and Turkish fairy tales, literary folk heroes, and traditional and modern games and rituals alongside German childlore and literature.
The goal of the series is to raise German children’s awareness of and openness toward other cultures and languages and, at the same time, to help meet the needs of Italian and Turkish minority children in Germany by strengthening their bilingual/bicultural identity and offering them opportunities to demonstrate their specific skills. Introducing stories and games in ways that convey a message of cultural parity may help to counteract subtle forms of ethnocentrism in everyday settings, to combat negative stereotyping, and to create more complex images of individual cultures. (MDM)