Technological innovations in communication, transportation and various information tools have helped to create the greatest mixing of cultures that the world has ever seen. In order for you to function well in your private and public lives today, you will need to be competent in intercultural communication. Our goal in this book is to give you the knowledge, motivation, and skills to accomplish that objective. Considerable progress has been made by scholars and practitioners of intercultural communication over the past several years, and this edition accurately reflects their progress. Updates throughout the book provide you with the most contemporary scholarship and applications available to help prepare you to be a successful intercultural communicator in a variety of contexts.
Foreign and second language teaching should prepare learners to use a language with fluency and accuracy, and also to speak with people who have different cultural identities, social values and behaviours. This text aims to define precisely what competencies are required, how these can be included in teachers' objectives and methods, and how the ability to communicate across cultural differences can be assessed.
The following volume presents a collection of chapters pertaining to English studies. The transversal theme for all of them is the pedagogical issue of informed teaching. In this volume the reader will find results of research and reflection of academic researchers and practitioners which may implicitly or explicity inspire language teachers to improve school practices by presenting insights into language teaching related areas. The book is divided into four main areas. Part one focuses on communication related issues and discusses the development of work-related competences. Part two of the volume is devoted to intercultural issues in foreign language pedagogy. Part three contains ruminations on creativity and reflectivity at school. Part four of the volume encompasses ideas lying at the crossroads of linguistics and literature.