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Intercultural Competence

Concepts, Challenges, Evaluations

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Arnd Witte and Theo Harden

This book explores the idea of ‘intercultural competence’, which, despite its current popularity across various discourses, has remained a vague and oscillating concept. Interculture lacks a universal definition and ‘competence’ is not only a cognitive construct but also includes psychological traits such as attitudes, affective aspects and constructions of identity. The essays in this volume approach the complexity of the concept from a number of different angles. These include theoretical models for defining the concept of ‘intercultural competence’, outlining paths for future research; application of the concept in the teaching and learning of foreign languages, cultures and literatures; exploration of institutional and sociocultural influences on mediating intercultural competence; and analysis of the concept’s impact on such diverse contexts as international business, religious constructs and notions of selfhood and identity. The volume develops a broad range of perspectives on intercultural competence, providing stimulating new ideas, reflections and models around this important concept.

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Acknowledgements xi Arnd Witte and Theo Harden Introduction 1 Part 1 Intercultural Competence: The Broader Picture 17 Michael Byram A Research Agenda for ‘Intercultural Competence’ 19 Darla K. Deardorff Intercultural Competence in Foreign Language Classrooms: A Framework and Implications for Educators 37 Werner Müller-Pelzer Intercultural Competence: A Phenomenological Approach 55 Theo Harden The Perception of Competence: A History of a Peculiar Development of Concepts 75 Arnd Witte On the Teachability and Learnability of Intercultural Competence: Developing Facets of the ‘Inter’ 89 vi Part 2 Intercultural Competence and Institutional Teaching 109 Gillian Peiser Does the Revised English MFL Curriculum Give Us Reasons to be Optimistic about Fostering Intercultural Understanding Amongst Key Stage 3 Language Learners? 111 Clarisse Costa Afonso Intercultural Competence: A Major Issue in Foreign Language Teacher Training? 127 Claudia Borghetti How to Teach It? Proposal for a Methodological Model of Intercultural Competence 141 Mary Georgiou Can One Swallow Make the Summer? Teaching Intercultural Competence in an English Writing Course 161 Undine S. Weber and Rebecca Domingo Adding Another Colour to the Rainbow: An Attempt at Imparting German Cultural Competence in a South African University Context 177 Heidi Zojer Teaching ‘Intercultural Competence’ to ‘Generation X’ 193 Annelies Roskvist, Deborah Corder, Sharon Harvey and Karen Stacey Developing Language Teacher Capability Through Immersion Programmes and the Impact on Student Language Learning, Cultural Knowledge and Intercultural Competence 209 vii Joke Simons and Yunsy Krols Measuring Intercultural Competence 225 Heather Richards, Clare Conway, Annelies Roskvist and Sharon Harvey A Framework for Analysing Observation...

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