The role of intercultural competence in foreign language teaching

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Atay D., Kurt G. , Çamlıbel Acar Z. C. , Ersin P. , Kaşlıoğlu Ö.

Inonu University Journal of the Faculty of Education, vol.10, pp.123-135, 2009 (International Refereed University Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Title of Journal : Inonu University Journal of the Faculty of Education
  • Page Numbers: pp.123-135


In recent years there has been a growing interest in the cultural dimension of foreign language education, and

teachers today are expected to promote the acquisition of intercultural competence in their learners. Thus, the

present study aims to investigate the opinions and attitudes of Turkish teachers of English on intercultural

competence teaching and to see how and to what extent these opinions and attitudes are reflected in their

classroom applications. Data were collected from 503 EFL teachers by means of a questionnaire. The

findings have revealed that language teachers seem to be aware of the role of the culture in foreign language

education though they do not often integrate culture into their teaching in order to develop intercultural

competence in their learners.