Students Teachers’ International Experience and Their Beliefs About Developing Intercultural Communicative Competence

  • Anna CzuraEmail author
Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)


A thorough awareness of the role of intercultural communicative competence (ICC) and expertise in developing this construct in the classroom have become essential attributes of a foreign language teacher. The present study aims to explore whether the length of time pre-service teachers of English have spent abroad exerts any effect on their beliefs about ICC and their awareness of how this construct should be developed in the language classroom. The data was collected by means of a questionnaire consisting of both open- and closed-ended tasks conducted among students of English attending a teaching course at a large university in the south of Poland. The results indicate that despite some minor discrepancies in the understanding of ICC between the participants with different international experience, it is clear that in general the future teachers linked this concept to the ability to communicate cross-culturally. Still, regardless of the time spent abroad, the participants seemed to lack practical skills to develop this competence in the classroom context.


Intercultural experience Culture contact Intercultural (communicative) competence Teacher beliefs Initial teacher education Intercultural language teaching 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WrocławWrocławPoland

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