Becoming Intercultural: Inside and Outside the Classroom
Editor: Yau Tsai and Stephanie Houghton
Date Of Publication: Sep 2010
As people move into the new era of the twenty-first century, they will have more and more opportunities to communicate and interact with others using foreign languages. While this will naturally generate wide-ranging intercultural experience, people may not be alert to it in everyday life, and teachers may not know how to address the issues that arise. This book starts by exploring what it means to be intercultural from different theoretical standpoints, before contrasting ways in which people do (or do not) become intercultural in both tutored and untutored ways, inside and outside the classroom. The main purpose of this book is to introduce the concept of interculturality, to examine how it can emerge in an unplanned way and to consider ways in which it can be more systematically addressed through education, particularly through foreign language education.
Yau Tsai is a faculty member of the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at Fooyin University in Taiwan and also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom. She holds a doctorate in education from Durham University in England. Her research interests include intercultural studies, second/foreign language acquisition, teaching English as a foreign language and higher education.
Stephanie Houghton is an Associate Professor at the University of Kitakyushu, Japan. She also holds a doctorate from Durham University, England. Her research interests lie in the development of intercultural communicative competence through English language education.
"The group whose papers are published here have read widely and integrated a variety of approaches. Their conceptualizations, their research methods used and many of the instruments will be of great use to other investigators and an inspiration to teachers both of languages and of intercultural communication."
- Philip Shaw, Ibérica 26 (2013) 217-234
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