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ERIC Number: EJ872641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1539-0578
The Role of Reading in Fostering Transcultural Competence
Koda, Keiko
Reading in a Foreign Language, v22 suppl 1 p5-10 Jan 2010
This response was constructed based on the author's experience as a language program coordinator and her expertise in second language (L2) reading development. Because "transcultural competence," as defined in the MLA Report (2007), shares much of its underlying capacities with "reading ability," in principle, reading instruction could play a significant role in fostering "transcultural competence." In actuality, however, this potential has never been fully realized. This article first offers possible explanations for the discrepancy between what is feasible in theory and what actually transpires in practice, and then, makes research-based recommendations for the effective use of reading instruction in promoting transcultural understanding. "Transcultural competence" is defined as "the ability to "comprehend and analyze" the cultural narratives that appear in every kind of expressive form" (MLA Ad Hoc Committee). This definition coincides largely with the way "reading ability" is conceptualized in the current reading literature. By clarifying what reading entails, this article examines what the two focal constructs have in common as shared underlying capacities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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