ERIC Number: ED530951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Intercultural Competence: Concepts, Challenges, Evaluations. Intercultural Studies and Foreign Language Learning. Volume 10
Witte, Arnd, Ed.; Harden, Theo, Ed.
Peter Lang Oxford
This book explores the idea of "intercultural competence", which, despite its current popularity across various discourses, has remained a vague and oscillating concept. Interculture lacks a universal definition and "competence" is not only a cognitive construct but also includes psychological traits such as attitudes, affective aspects and constructions of identity. The essays in this volume approach the complexity of the concept from a number of different angles. These include theoretical models for defining the concept of "intercultural competence", outlining paths for future research; application of the concept in the teaching and learning of foreign languages, cultures and literatures; exploration of institutional and sociocultural influences on mediating intercultural competence; and analysis of the concept's impact on such diverse contexts as international business, religious constructs and notions of selfhood and identity. The volume develops a broad range of perspectives on intercultural competence, providing stimulating new ideas, reflections and models around this important concept. Contents include: (1) Introduction (Arnd Witte and Theo Harden); (2) A Research Agenda for "Intercultural Competence" (Michael Byram); (3) Intercultural Competence in Foreign Language Classrooms: A Framework and Implications for Educators (Darla K. Deardorff); (4) Intercultural Competence: A Phenomenological Approach (Werner Muller-Pelzer); (5) The Perception of Competence: A History of a Peculiar Development of Concepts (Theo Harden); (6) On the Teachability and Learnability of Intercultural Competence: Developing Facets of the "Inter" (Arnd Witte); (7) Does the Revised English MFL Curriculum Give Us Reasons to be Optimistic about Fostering Intercultural Understanding Amongst Key Stage 3 Language Learners? (Gillian Peiser); (8) Intercultural Competence: A Major Issue in Foreign Language Teacher Training? (Clarisse Costa Afonso); (9) How to Teach It? Proposal for a Methodological Model of Intercultural Competence (Claudia Borghetti); (10) Can One Swallow Make the Summer? Teaching Intercultural Competence in an English Writing Course (Mary Georgiou); (11) Adding Another Colour to the Rainbow: An Attempt at Imparting German Cultural Competence in a South African University Context (S. Weber and Rebecca Domingo); (12) Teaching "Intercultural Competence" to "Generation X" (Heidi Zojer); (13) Developing Language Teacher Capability Through Immersion Programmes and the Impact on Student Language Learning, Cultural Knowledge and Intercultural Competence (Annelies Roskvist, Deborah Corder, Sharon Harvey, and Karen Stacey); (14) Measuring Intercultural Competence (Joke Simons and Yunsy Krols); (15) A Framework for Analysing Observation Data: Language Teacher Provision of Opportunities for Learners to Develop Intercultural Competence (Heather Richards, Clare Conway, Annelies Roskvist, and Sharon Harvey); (16) Intercultural Learning in the Study Abroad Context (Kristin Brogan and Muiris O Laoire); (17) An ILP Investigation of Disness Strategies Performed by German Working Professionals (GWP) (Sabrina Mallon-Gerland); (18) Learner Identity Construction, Intercultural Competence and Study Abroad (Lisa Stiefel); (19) Interculturality, Linguistic Culture and Alterity: A Further Look into Intercultural Competence (Theophile Ambadiang and Isabel Garcia Parejo); (20) Towards the Development of Awareness in Intercultural Communicative Competence: A Tandem Exchange Experience (Aine Furlong and Fionnuala Kennedy); (21) What Can Cross-Cultural Conversation Transcript Analysis Contribute to the Development of Intercultural Competence? (Thomas Johnen); (22) Culture? Communication? The Intercultural? A Comparative Study of Basic Concepts in ICC Education in Germany, Japan and the US (Margit Krause-Ono and Sylvia Wachter); (23) "Eat ye, O people": The Role of Food, Religion and Hospitality in Intercultural Relations (Marie Gervais); (24) The Irish are Too Polite: Analysing Stereotype and Identity Dynamics in Student WebChat (Helen O'Sullivan, Gillian S. Martin and Breffni O'Rourke); (25) Aspects of English and German Sociable Selfhood (Rob Philburn); (26) Intercultural Competence: A Mirror for Literature? Some Thoughts on Vaclav Havel's Play "Unveiling/Vernissage" in Two Guises (Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz); (27) Empathy and Recognition: Two Concepts of Intercultural Learning in Literature Teaching with Rafik Schami's Fable "The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" (Sieglinde Grimm); and (28) Current Readers and Intercultural Learning (Ana Goncalves Matos).
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Interpersonal Competence, Second Language Learning, Research, Second Language Instruction, Phenomenology, Modern Language Curriculum, Language Teachers, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction, College Instruction, Foreign Countries, Immersion Programs, Measurement, Observation, Data Analysis, Study Abroad, Professional Personnel, Identification, Exchange Programs, Intercultural Communication, Content Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Food, Religion, Stereotypes, Empathy, Recognition (Psychology), Literary Genres, Drama
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