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

Anna Maria De Bartolo    Università della Calabria, Italia    

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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.

Pubblicato
04 Giugno 2020
Accettato
22 Gennaio 2020
Presentato
20 Marzo 2019
Lingua
EN

Keywords: Teaching and learningIntercultural speakerEnglish as a lingua francaIntercultural competenceIntercultural communication

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