ERIC Number: EJ830227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Intercultural Competence for Students of Spanish: Can We Teach It? Can We Afford Not to Teach It?
Language Learning Journal, v34 n1 p55-61 Win 2006
This article considers the role of language learners in the global society and the extent to which interaction between different language communities can be regarded as possible without intercultural competence. It moves on to review the skills and competencies that can be taught to undergraduates in an attempt to enable them to engage more effectively with the target language culture while on their Year Abroad. After discussing the merits of various activities that can be worked on and ways of assessing student performance, it reports on the reactions of students undergoing intercultural training in readiness for their period of residence abroad. As a final measure of student engagement, it explores the kind of projects students feel able to undertake as a result of the training received, while on placement in universities and companies and teaching as assistants in Spain.
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Language Role, Foreign Countries, Spanish, Learner Engagement, Higher Education, Global Approach, Second Language Learning, Ethnography
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain