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The fundamental idea behind cultural literacy has existed for centuries, perhaps as long as humans have created and learned cultural knowledge. It refers to the practice of becoming familiar with a large and diverse core of knowledge connected to a range of contexts, artifacts, and contents that convey cultural information. This includes an awareness of popular cultural forms, ideas, and practices as well as aspects of the elite cultural sphere. Such knowledge may be acquired in many ways, such as through family interactions, formal education, travel, and the Internet.

As an approach to intercultural competence, cultural literacy depends on both broad and deep knowledge. However, the phrase cultural literacyhas been highly contested in recent decades and has changed in meaning over time. The term literacy ...

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