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ERIC Number: EJ825624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
You Just Want to Be Like that Teacher: Modelling and Intercultural Competence in Young Language Learners
Moloney, Robyn
Babel, v42 n3 p10-16, 18, 38 Apr 2008
Language teachers are called upon to understand both the nature of students' intercultural competence and their own role in its development. Limited research attention has been paid to the relationship between the types of behaviour that language teachers model and the intercultural competence their students acquire. This article reports on a case study in an Australian primary school that used qualitative research methods to investigate types of language teacher behaviour that facilitate the development of intercultural competence in students. Four teachers and 49 Year 6 students took part in interviews and focus group discussions and were observed in the classroom. Coding themes were developed to analyse the data. Teachers' understanding of interculturality in themselves and their students, their modelling of spoken interaction, their metalinguistic knowledge, and their priorities in task design all appear to actively facilitate particular aspects of students' intercultural competence. The findings of this study extend the understanding of the role of teacher behaviour in intercultural language learning. The article suggests that a diverse expression of teacher interculturality needs to be acknowledged and respected for its effectiveness in facilitating intercultural competence in students. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia