Departmental Bulletin Paper Intercultural Communicative Competence, Complexity Theory and Assessment: Considerations for Creating Effective Intercultural and Foreign Language Development Programs

(910)  , pp.(1) - (12) , 2016-08-01昭和女子大学近代文化研究所
  The recent interest to prepare Japanese university students to study abroad or work in intercultural contexts, has caused a demand for foreign language educators to create effective intercultural and foreign language development programs. This paper will give an overview of how intercultural communicative competence (ICC) can help educators meet these demands. ICC has made a relatively small impact within the Japanese educational system, thus the main purpose of this paper is to bring a greater awareness and understanding of the potential benefits that ICC can give to educators. ICC theory, pedagogical approaches and the key principles for designing an intercultural development themed course will be introduced. Also, the authors will suggest how complexity theory can help educators and learners understand and appreciate the process of intercultural development.

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