|Title||Language Teaching Methodologies, Intercultural Awareness and Autonomous Learning|
This paper will examine familiar reasons for including the teaching of intercultural competence within Language Teaching before adding some less familiar ones. It will focus in particular on the question of how far intercultural competence can be learned when students are formally studying languages and how far such competence needs to be acquired autono-mously. It will though also ask to what extent being initiated to the very varied facets of in-tercultural competence during formal language study plays an important role in allowing ef-fective autonomous acquisition to take place. The paper will conclude that a significant part of the intercultural development that students need to undertake if they are to be able to communicate effectively in a foreign language must happen autonomously, but that it is, nonetheless, vital that language courses at least sow the seeds of intercultural learning in ways that will facilitate autonomous learning. As such, language courses, if they are genuinely to meet student needs, should incorporate elements of intercultural training. The paper also concludes by outlining the type of empirical research that would need to be carried out for these claims to be fully substantiated.
|Keywords||intercultural communication, intercultural competence, autonomous learning|
|Conference||The Magic of Innovation|
|Publisher||MGIMO University, Moscow|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Book title||Conference Proceedings|
|Web address (URL) of conference proceedings||http://www.inno-conf.mgimo.ru/materials_eng.html|