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Title: Pathways to teacher education for intercultural communicative competence: teachers’ perceptions
Author: Bastos, Mónica Sofia de Almeida
Araújo e Sá, M. H.
Keywords: Competência de comunicação intercultural
Formação de professores de línguas
Educação intercultural
Issue Date: Jan-2014
Publisher: Routledge
Abstract: Intercultural and plurilingual encounters have become increasingly frequent due to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) developments, mobility (real/ virtual) and migration. To face the challenges inherent in such encounters, the development of intercultural communicative competence (ICC) is crucial. ICC development may start in the home but should also be a commitment in school curricula, in particular in language classrooms. To facilitate this, language teachers require training in order to integrate the intercultural dimension into their professional practice. In such a context, we implemented a training programme entitled The Intercultural Teacher with an experimental group of language teachers from secondary schools in the Aveiro district (Portugal). In this article, we describe teachers’ social perceptions of ICC and explore the following questions: (a) what does ICC mean for language teachers?; and (b) what are teachers’ views on the development of ICC? The findings of this analysis enabled us, firstly, to design a heuristic model of ICC, based on teachers’ views and perceptions. We were then able to identify some pathways for developing ICC through teacher education, which were validated by teachers themselves.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1080/09571736.2013.869940
ISSN: 0957-1736
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