Intercultural Competence and L2 Acquisition in the Study Abroad Context

Tomasz Róg (1) , Zofia Moros-Pałys (2) , Aleksandra Wróbel (3) , Marta Książek-Róg (4)
(1) University of Applied Sciences in Piła, Department of Philology, ul. Podchorążych 10, 64-920 Piła, Poland , Poland
(2) University of Applied Sciences in Piła, Department of Philology, ul. Podchorążych 10, 64-920 Piła, Poland , Poland
(3) University of Applied Sciences in Piła, Department of Philology, ul. Podchorążych 10, 64-920 Piła, Poland , Poland
(4) University of Applied Sciences in Piła, Department of Philology, ul. Podchorążych 10, 64-920 Piła, Poland , Poland

Abstract

This paper discusses our state-of-the-art knowledge of the role of intercultural competence in L2 acquisition in the context of study abroad programmes. As participation in study abroad programmes intensifies it is pertinent to ask whether and how such instructional context benefits language learners. Challenging the popular assumption that immersion contexts suffice to trigger acquisition, current research points to the role of intercultural competence before the sojourn in increasing chances for success. To explain this role, intercultural competence is presented in this paper in relation to other variables both linguistic (proficiency level, input and output opportunities) and non-linguistic (age, aptitude, motivation, willingness to communicate, and personality). The most popular data collection tools are also discussed and conclusions are offered.

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Authors

Tomasz Róg
tomaszrog@yahoo.co.uk (Primary Contact)
Zofia Moros-Pałys
Aleksandra Wróbel
Marta Książek-Róg
Róg, T., Moros-Pałys, Z., Wróbel , A., & Książek-Róg, M. (2020). Intercultural Competence and L2 Acquisition in the Study Abroad Context. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 20(1), 76–91. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v20i1.295

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