A Performance-oriented Model of Intercultural Communicative Competence

Paolo E. Balboni (1) , Fabio Caon (2)
(1) Centro di Ricerca sulla didattica delle lingue Dpt di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati , Italy
(2) Centro di Ricerca sulla didattica delle lingue Dpt di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati , Italy


The article proposes a model of intercultural communicative competence. The need for further reflection on this topic derives from two facts: existing models are not built on Dell Hymes’ model of communicative competence (cc), although they use Hymes’ term ‘cc’ is used; our discussion in this essay starts from a definition of cc in Hymes’ tradition and studies what changes are needed to make it fit to describe intercultural cc; most models are, in fact, not ‘models’. According to the theory of models, models aim at being universal, based on formal logic rather than empirical evidence, and this is extremely important in ICC studies where empirical research is always partial. The result is a new instrument to analyse, describe and teach ICC.

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Author Biographies

Paolo E. Balboni, Centro di Ricerca sulla didattica delle lingue Dpt di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati

Docente di Glottodidattica a Ca' Foscari, Dip. Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati, DD1075, 30125 Venezia. Presidente del Centro Linguistico di Ateneo e Delegato del Rettore per la formazione linguistica. Presidente della Società Italiana di Didattica delle Lingue e Linguistica Educativa, DILLE. Direttore del Centro di Ricerca sulla Didattica delle Lingue (CRDL) e della sua rivista Educazione Linguistica - Language Education.Vicepresidente della World Federation of Language Teacher Associations (FIPLV)

Fabio Caon, Centro di Ricerca sulla didattica delle lingue Dpt di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati

Dr Caon teaches Intercultural Communication, Language Teaching Research and Literature Teaching Research at Venice University and is the founder and director of the Laboratory for Intercultural Communication of the Centre for Research on Language Education. He has authored and edited several monographs and essays about multilingual and multicultural classes and above alternative ways of dealing with the problem of migrant students language education and social integration, carrying out experiments about the use of sport, of songs and other multisemiotic activities. He is one of the editors of Educazione Linguistica – Language Education, the journal of the Centre mentioned above.

Balboni, P. E., & Caon, F. (2014). A Performance-oriented Model of Intercultural Communicative Competence. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 14(2), 1–09. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v14i2.673

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