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ERIC Number: EJ1059298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
Pathways to Teacher Education for Intercultural Communicative Competence: Teachers' Perceptions
Bastos, Mónica; Araújo e Sá, Helena
Language Learning Journal, v43 n2 p131-147 2015
Intercultural and plurilingual encounters have become increasingly frequent due to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) developments, mobility (real/virtual) and migration. To face the challenges inherent in such encounters, the development of intercultural communicative competence (ICC) is crucial. ICC development may start in the home but should also be a commitment in school curricula, in particular in language classrooms. To facilitate this, language teachers require training in order to integrate the intercultural dimension into their professional practice. In such a context, we implemented a training programme entitled "The Intercultural Teacher" with an experimental group of language teachers from secondary schools in the Aveiro district (Portugal). In this article, we describe teachers' social perceptions of ICC and explore the following questions: (a) what does ICC mean for language teachers?; and (b) what are teachers' views on the development of ICC? The findings of this analysis enabled us, firstly, to design a heuristic model of ICC, based on teachers' views and perceptions. We were then able to identify some pathways for developing ICC through teacher education, which were validated by teachers themselves.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal