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Culture, Interculturality and Identity in English language Education

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tony Young



Culture Interculturality and Identity in English language teaching Approaches to teaching which encourage engagement with ‘culture’ and cultural difference, and intercultural approaches to language teaching and learning, are strongly advocated by many academics. They also strongly influence national and international language learning policy and curricula. This talk examines the role of ‘culture’ and intercultural approaches in English language teaching and learning, drawing on recent empirical research. A particular focus is on the highly influential notion of Intercultural Communicative Competence. It will unpack this idea and explore how it might be a vehicle for ‘socialising’ the use of English language learned in the classroom, with its central idea of equipping learners as cultural explorers and so facilitating them to become real-life, real-time users of the language. It will also look at the notion from the perspective of teachers, a previously underexplored area. How do ‘non-native’ teachers of English in particular see themselves as cultural ‘explainers’, how does this impact on their sense of selves, and how might they approach issues of difference? Suggested answers to these questions, and their implications, will be explored and discussed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Young TJ

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Invited talk to Hiroshima University staff and students.

Year of Conference: 2016

Print publication date: 22/03/2016

Acceptance date: 22/03/2016

Date deposited: 31/03/2016