Developing Intercultural Competence at Slovak Secondary Schools

Zuzana Sándorová

Abstract

The importance of developing intercultural competence as one of the key competences in today’s rapidly changing and multicultural society has been spoken of often. The requirement of preparing interculturally competent communicators has therefore become one of the goals of today’s foreign language education. The aim of the present paper is to shed light on the practice of fostering intercultural skills in teaching English as a foreign language at Slovak secondary schools. The findings of the research, including observations of lessons, interviews with teachers, as well as analysis of teaching materials, reveals that the development of intercultural competence is still not integrated into foreign language education in Slovakia.

Keywords:
    intercultural communicative competence,, intercultural competence, secondary education, English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) education

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Zuzana Sándorová
zsandorova@ukf.sk (Primary Contact)
Author Biography

Zuzana Sándorová, Dept. of English Language and Culture, Faculty of Education, Constantine the Philosopher University, Dražovská 4, Nitra 949 74, Slovakia

Zuzana Sándorová is an assistant professor at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia. Her research interests include applied linguistics and special didactics, especially the development of intercultural communicative competences in foreign-language education, as well as the teaching of English for specific purposes: e.g., training future experts in the field of tourism. She has been published in journals indexed in Scopus and Web of Science as well as in conference proceedings in Slovakia and abroad.

Sándorová, Z. (2022). Developing Intercultural Competence at Slovak Secondary Schools. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 21(3), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v21i3.17

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