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A Preliminary Exploration of Teachers’ Attitudes towards Intercultural Communication through ELF

Anna Maria De Bartolo    Università della Calabria, Italia    



The present paper draws attention to the intercultural nature of English used as a lingua franca in flexible, dynamic and evolving communicative settings and consequently, to the need for language teachers to become aware of the multifaceted English world, where goals and purposes for using English are constantly challenged and re-created. Drawing on the connection between Intercultural communication research and ELF findings, the paper aims to provide empirically-grounded suggestions for language teachers in the hope to stimulate reflections on the role of intercultural aspects in classroom approaches and therefore, encourage to incorporate ELF-oriented pedagogies in well-established teaching practices. In light of a theoretical background, an exploration of language teachers’ attitudes towards ELF and intercultural issues will be conducted and the initial results of a preliminary study presented. Finally, implications for language teaching will be offered.

Keywords: Intercultural communication. Intercultural competence. Intercultural speaker. English as a lingua franca. Teaching and learning.

Language: en

Submitted: March 20, 2019
Accepted: Jan. 22, 2020
Published: June 4, 2020

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/ELLE/2280-6792/2019/03/006

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