Turning Constructionist Intercultural Communicative Competence and Complex Systems Theory into Praxis

Ariadna Strugielska (1) , Katarzyna Piątkowska (2)
(1) Nicolaus Copernicus University - Poland , Poland
(2) Nicolaus Copernicus University - Poland , Poland


While approaches to intercultural communicative competence (ICC) view the phenomenon as a modular notion, recent studies emphasize its constructionist nature. Thus, in this exploratory article we analyze critically current perspectives on ICC and discuss the potential applicability of the theory of complex systems for research on ICC drawing from a constructionist perspective. In order to illustrate the perspective, we evoke research on developing ICC of European teacher trainees of English, non-native speakers of the language. The results of a qualitative analysis indicate that ICC meaning cannot be captured through models advocating either psychological or contextual reductionism. Instead, ICC requires an approach which reconciles the cognitive and the social through a complex systems perspective on the constructionist framework.

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Ariadna Strugielska
ariadna.strugielska@umk.pl (Primary Contact)
Katarzyna Piątkowska
Author Biographies

Ariadna Strugielska, Nicolaus Copernicus University - Poland

Ariadna Strugielska is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Her research interests include educational discourse, quality in higher education, intercultural communicative competence and teaching English as a foreign language. She has published extensively on intercultural aspects in applied linguistics research.

Katarzyna Piątkowska, Nicolaus Copernicus University - Poland

Katarzyna Piątkowska is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Her research interests include intercultural communicative competence and teaching English as a foreign language. She has published numerous papers on intercultural competence and presented the results of her research at many international conferences.

Strugielska, A., & Piątkowska, K. (2017). Turning Constructionist Intercultural Communicative Competence and Complex Systems Theory into Praxis. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 17(1), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v17i1.734

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