DEVELOPING STUDENTS’ INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCE THROUGH AUTHENTIC RESOURCES. A PERSPECTIVE ON A PRE-SERVICE TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM

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Studies on Literature, Discourse and Multicultural Dialogue, Communication and public relations. Arhipelag XXI (2013) .

Arhipelag XXI

Abstract

This paper is intended to reflect on the intricate relationship between culture and foreign language learning. Authentic documents constitute valuable resources in the foreign language classroom because these depict culture in an authentic manner. To be proficient in a foreign language does not reside only in acquiring a sound linguistic competence, but also a sociolinguistic and a pragmatic one. A new language learner model has emerged: the intercultural speaker is someone who is interested in developing an intercultural communicative competence that would favour interaction with different cultural contexts in the globalized world. Therefore, would-be teachers should become aware of the intrinsic connections that exist between culture and foreign language learning. We have conducted a qualitative research in order to further understand the would-be teachers’ ability to reflect on integrating authentic documents in a teaching sequence.



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