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ERIC Number: EJ825634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
Language Choices in the Intercultural Classroom: Considering Possibilities for Communication and Learning
Liddicoat, Anthony J.
Babel, v43 n1 p18-19, 35, 38 Nov 2008
Intercultural language learning gives a place to the use of both the target language and the learners' first and/or other language(s). There is a need to develop a balance, however, as each language contributes differently to learning. The purpose of thinking about language use in the classroom is to develop an informed approach to using as much of the learners' language repertoire as is needed to enhance learning. The balance in the use of each language will differ according to the features of individual classrooms, but the use of each language is not random, relating rather to issues such as learning focus, modes of communication, degree of creativity, and participants. Both languages can be used in combination to achieve a range of communicative aims.
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 - Descriptive
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Language: English
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