Learning & Teaching Foreign Languages

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Intercultural competence


Successive models of second language acquisition have expanded on Chomsky's notion of linguistic competence, or grammar, to focus on communicative competence, or interactional skills, and then to intercultural competence, a broader understanding of other speakers in cross-cultural exchanges.

Kramsch's intercultural stance involves

a decentred perspective that goes beyond comprehending the surface meaning of words to discovering the logic of their interlocutors' utterances.  

(Ware & Kramsch, 2005)

This type of reflection helps learners unpack their own cultural assumptions in order to  occupy a "third place" or  take an intercultural stance representing a "third culture" (Kramsch, 1993).


Classroom illustration: Teaching philosophy

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