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ERIC Number: EJ1179715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1362-1688
Language Teacher Cognitions and Intercultural Language Teaching: The New Zealand Perspective
Oranje, Jo; Smith, Lisa F.
Language Teaching Research, v22 n3 p310-329 May 2018
The New Zealand school curriculum was last revised in 2007, at which time a new emphasis was placed on culture in language teaching. The practice of intercultural language teaching is implicit in the curriculum document and explicit in the curriculum guide, which features a set of principles for intercultural communicative language teaching (iCLT). This article presents a study on the extent to which New Zealand language teachers' beliefs and practices are aligned with intercultural language teaching (ILT). A questionnaire administered to New Zealand language teachers included a number of items used in a seminal seven-nation comparative study conducted by Lies Sercu and her colleagues, as well as other items developed from relevant literature. Expanding on previous studies' use of item-by-item analyses, multi-item scales to measure alignment of New Zealand teacher's beliefs and practices with ILT were developed, which yielded good internal reliabilities. The findings revealed an apparent mismatch between beliefs and practices, with teachers being favourably disposed towards ILT but not practising the approach in their classrooms. Interpretation of the data using concepts from teacher cognition research suggested that the differences represented tensions between teachers' abstract, theoretical beliefs and their concrete, practical beliefs. We argue that supporting teachers' applied knowledge of developing intercultural communicative competence (ICC) will allow them to recognize that those beliefs need not be discordant.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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