Developing Intercultural Competence
Successful language acquisition consists of incorporating both linguistic and cultural competency. Intercultural learning allows for critical, self-reflective interaction with one’s own and other cultures. The building blocks of intercultural learning encompass pedagogical activities in which students develop an appreciation of culture-specific artifacts, behaviors, and attitudes.
- What do the terms "intercultural competence" and "communicative competence" mean?
- What is the relationship between linguistic and cultural competence?
- How can these skills be developed using intercultural tandems?
- Which activities allow students to interact with their own culture and other cultures in a self-reflective and critical way?
- Specific options for instruction
- Adaptation of existing teaching materials
- Instructional activities to develop intercultural communicative competence
- Evaluation tools, modes, and criteria for intercultural learning (journals, portfolios, projects, role playing, etc.)