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Foreign Language Teachers and Intercultural Competence: An International Investigation


reviewed by Rui Bai ó 2006

coverTitle: Foreign Language Teachers and Intercultural Competence: An International Investigation
Author(s): Lies Sercu
Publisher: Multilingual Matters, Clevedon
ISBN: 1853598445, Pages: 219, Year: 2005
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One of the pervasive effects of accelerating globalization is that a nation or a society is becoming more and more multilingual and multicultural. In the domain of education, many countries have invested tremendous resources in foreign language education to meet the need for intercultural understanding. However, the traditional approach to foreign language teaching views culture teaching as an adjunct or secondary priority. In this approach, foreign language teachers devote their efforts and time mainly to honing students’ linguistic competence at the expense of their intercultural competence development, due to teachers’ insufficient knowledge of other cultures and different perceptions of or attitudes towards the foreign culture(s). Even when some foreign language teachers are more or less aware of the importance of intercultural competence teaching, research on intercultural competence teaching can facilitate their work by making them cognizant of the objectives, means, content, and other aspects of such work. The edited volume,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1589-1592
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12266, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 1:40:47 AM

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  • Rui Bai
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
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    RUI BAI is a Research Associate at National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interest includes learning strategies, second language acquisition, and TESOL/TEFL.
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