Language and (Inter)Cultural Learning: Supporting Language Teacher Candidates’ Development of Interculturality During Study Abroad



Intercultural understanding and the ability to interact appropriately and effectively with members of other cultures is a necessary element in diverse classrooms. Because of the inextricable nature of language and culture, the world language classroom provides a ready-made site for intercultural development. To support this effectively, language teacher candidates must develop skills that allow for facilitating understandings, interactions, and shifting perspectives in their classrooms. This chapter outlines how mediation in an online study abroad (SA) course supports candidates’ understandings of issues of language and culture, and how the skills they develop abroad can transfer to their future classrooms.


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  1. 1.Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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