Foreign Language Teachers and Intercultural Competence: An International Investigation

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Multilingual Matters, Jan 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 219 pages
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Foreign Language Teachers and Intercultural Communication: An International Investigation reports on a study that focused on teachers' beliefs regarding intercultural competence teaching in foreign language education. Its conclusions are based on data collected in a quantitative comparative study that comprises questionnaire answers received from teachers in seven countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Poland, Mexico, Greece, Spain and Sweden. It not only creates new knowledge on the variability, and relative consistency, of today's foreign language teachers' views regarding intercultural competence teaching in a number of countries, but also gives us a picture that is both more concrete and more comprehensive than previously known.
 

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Contents

Teaching Foreign Languages in
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Objectives of Foreign Language Teaching
19
Familiarity and Contacts with Foreign Cultures
39
Pupils Cultureandlanguage Learning Profile
50
Culture Teaching Practices
75
Culture in Foreign Language Teaching Materials
90
School
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Opinions Regarding Different Facets
120
The Foreign Language and Intercultural
130
The Future of Intercultural Competence in Foreign
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The authors of the book are all members of CULTNET, a network of researchers of interculture in foreign language education (http://millennium.arts.kuleuven.ac.be/cultnet). Lies Sercu (K.U.Leuven, Belgium) initiated and coordinated the project on which the book is based. The other project partners were Ewa Bandura (Jagiellonian University, Poland), Paloma Castro (University of Valladolid, Spain), Leah Davcheva (British Council, Bulgaria), Chryssa Laskaridou (Directorate for primary education on Western Thessaloniki, Greece), Ulla Lundgren (Jönköping University, Sweden), María del Carmen Méndez García (University of Jaén, Spain) and Phyllis Ryan (UNAM: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México).

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