ERIC Number: EJ734492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
The Foreign Language and Intercultural Competence Teacher: The Acquisition of a New Professional Identity
Intercultural Education, v17 n1 p55-72 Mar 2006
It has now become commonplace to state that foreign language learning should be viewed in an intercultural perspective. The main objective of foreign language education is no longer defined strictly in terms of the acquisition of communicative competence. Teachers are now required to teach intercultural communicative competence. The aim of the study reported on here was to investigate to what extent and in what way teachers' current professional profiles meet the specifications formulated in the theoretical literature regarding the "foreign language and intercultural competence teacher." To answer this question, an international research design was developed, involving teachers from Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Mexico, Poland, Spain and Sweden. Our findings suggest that teachers' current foreign language-and-culture teaching profiles do not yet meet those of the envisaged "foreign language and intercultural competence teacher," and that patterns in teacher thinking and teaching practice appear to exist within and across the participating countries.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Intercultural Communication, Communicative Competence (Languages), Teacher Competencies, Teacher Qualifications, Language Teachers, Teaching Methods, Cultural Awareness, Profiles
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Bulgaria; Greece; Mexico; Poland; Spain; Sweden