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ERIC Number: EJ1129979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0215-773X
Avoiding Stereotyping and Enhancing Intercultural Understanding
Welsh, Alistair
TEFLIN Journal: A publication on the teaching and learning of English, v22 n1 p34-44 Feb 2011
Anecdotally, language learners often struggle to acquire intercultural understanding. Teaching intercultural understanding presents significant challenges for language teachers. This article offers some insights into language learners' intercultural understanding and strategies to help enhance intercultural understanding that seek to promote analytical and critical thinking. The aim is to build on the principles of the emerging pedagogy of "Intercultural Language Learning" (IcLL). IcLL suggests there is a "third place", where cultures overlap. IcLL acknowledges the importance of identifying with the "other", whilst not denying the "self". Intercultural competence requires sensitivity to difference, an ability to identify with others and to critically reflect on one's own cultural background.
Association for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language in Indonesia (TEFLIN). Malang, East Java, 65145, Indonesia. TEFLIN Publication Division, Department of English, Faculty of Letters, Universitas Negeri Malang, Jalan Semarang 5, Tel: +62-341-570566; Fax: +62-341-567475; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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