Disciplined minds: fitting an intercultural dimension in language teaching

Álvarez, Inma (2005). Disciplined minds: fitting an intercultural dimension in language teaching. In: International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) 6th Annual Conference, Europe Inside Out, 9-11 Dec 2005, Brussels, Belgium.

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Foreign language pedagogy has been permeated with theories of intercultural communication. The incorporation of an intercultural dimension not only has dissipated the contours of the discipline but it has also transformed the nature of language education. This contribution is an attempt to elucidate the implications of the new intercultural paradigms for language teachers’ roles and responsibilities. It will examine, in particular, the extent to which European teachers are translating the intercultural theory into practice, i.e. embracing the complexities of teaching within unfixed borders, adopting critical transformative pedagogies, and dealing with the politics of human communication across cultures.

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