The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence brings together in one volume the leading experts and scholars from a variety of fields (e.g., education, communication, psychology, social work, health care, conflict studies, etc.) and from around the world who do work in intercultural competence (defined as appropriate and effective communication, as well as behavior, in intercultural situations). Given the current and future focus on global workforce development, and on globalization in general, this Handbook examines the skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed in our ever diverse world.

Intercultural Competence in Foreign Languages : The Intercultural Speaker and the Pedagogy of Foreign Language Education

Intercultural Competence in Foreign Languages : The Intercultural Speaker and the Pedagogy of Foreign Language Education

Intercultural Competence in Foreign Languages
Michael Byram

The purpose of this chapter is to explain the notion of the intercultural speaker, its origins and applications within foreign language education and beyond. It is a concept that has been developed in the field of foreign language education, where there is a substantial history of linking the teaching of language per se with knowledge about one or more countries where the language is spoken. The focus on “knowing that” widened to include “knowing how” (Ryle, 1949)—knowing about a country and knowing how to interact with people with different ways of thinking, believing, and behaving—more or less in ...

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