Why intercultural competence in languages?

The issue of cross-cultural interaction has gained significant attention over the years spurred on by the processes and demands of globalisation. Language plays an important part in these intensified cross-cultural interactions – as Bennett (1997) puts it, it is not enough to be fluent in a language in the sense of being proficient in its phonology, grammar, lexis, etc.. It is also necessary to avoid being a “fluent fool”, meaning there are other important aspects to knowing a language beyond these. The modern language speaker is seen as one who combines his/her foreign language knowledge and skills with knowledge and understanding of the other person’s cultural, social and societal universe.

Read more in the "PICT Curriculum Framework"

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