The call to transform South African university curricula necessitates revisiting possibilities and
perspectives, also in teaching German as a foreign language. This article demonstrates how
intercultural learning can take place by addressing a relevant and culturally sensitive topic like
polygamy. The goal of this approach is to bring to the fore cultural differences, prejudices and
misconceptions in order to promote dialogue and understanding and in this way promote
intercultural learning. In order to determine if cultural learning indeed took place, an empirical study
of the didactical intervention was conducted simultaneously.