ERIC Number: EJ1048973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
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Intercultural Communicative Competence: Beliefs and Practices of Adult English as a Second Language Instructors
Bickley, Celeste; Rossiter, Marian J.; Abbott, Marilyn L.
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v60 n1 p135-160 Spr 2014
Effective and appropriate communication is critical for the successful integration of newcomers in Canada. In this paper, we describe the intercultural communicative competence beliefs and practices of 70 adult English as a second language (ESL) instructors. Responses to an online survey indicated a strong belief in the value of integrating intercultural communicative competence into their instruction; however, instructors' reported classroom practices revealed that culture was addressed in varying degrees and that intercultural communicative competence was not systematically developed. Findings suggest that enhanced instructor education, appropriate materials development, and research investigating the effective pedagogical development of intercultural communicative competence in the language learning classroom are needed.
Descriptors: Beliefs, English (Second Language), English Instruction, English Teachers, Educational Practices, Intercultural Communication, Online Surveys, Adult Basic Education, Integrated Curriculum, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Educational Needs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education; Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada