Edited By Manuel Jiménez Raya and Lies Sercu
Lies Sercu and Manuel Jimenez Raya: Introduction
Introduction Lies Sercu, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Manuel Jimenez Raya, University of Granada There is no doubt that our world has become more complex and international than ever before. The adequate preparation of young people for such complexity and globalisation requires more than passing on an agreed body of knowledge. Teachers can never teach "all there is to know" , s ince new knowledge is created daily. Foreign language teachers also cannot foresee the many intercultural si tuations in which their l earners may find themselves in the course of their l ives. Therefore, what people need in order to be able to maintain their ground in a rapidly changing world are ski l l s that al low them to independently address new questions and new situations, integrate already acquired and new information, develop ing new. They need to be able to improve the ir foreign language ski l l s autonomously and acquire a certain level of proficiency with re lative ease, read and understand texts with new knowledge and new vocabulary in a foreign lan guage, and handle intercultural contact situations, where people meet others who have different cultural backgrounds and different ways of understanding particu lar concepts or ways of behaving. Foreign language teachers can also not foresee the many intercultural s itua tions in which the ir learners may find themselves in the course of their l ives . Therefore, what people need in order to be able to maintain the ir ground in a rapidly chan ging...
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