What is an intercultural speaker?

Prominent foreign language teaching theoreticians such as Michael Byram (1997) and Claire Kramsch (1998) assert that it is important to promote the ideal of the intercultural speaker.

That is to say, one who possesses:

  • intercultural communicative competence as a complex entity of intercultural relations (savoir être),
  • knowledge of social groups and practices in both the target and home cultures (savoirs),
  • skills of interpreting and relating (savoir comprendre),
  • skills of discovery and interaction (savoir apprendre/faire),
  • critical cultural awareness (savoir s'engager), which comprises abilities to evaluate perspectives, practices and products of both home and target cultures (Byram:1997).

Read more in the "PICT Curriculum Framework"

 

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