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Title: Developing an intercultural Approach to foreign Language Learning
Author(s): LIMON, David
Journal: ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics
Volume: 139    Date: 2003   
Pages: 27-46
DOI: 10.2143/ITL.139.0.2003197

Abstract :
The author will look at the changes that have taken place with regard to the approach to teaching English within Slovenia's state education system since the country achieved its independence in 1991. In particular, he will discuss how the curriculum has been transformed in order to adapt to the concept of intercultural communication and the strong influence exerted in this area by the Common European Framework (Council of Europe 2001). To place the issue in a broader context, language policy and language education in the 'emerging nations' of Europe will be discussed and the importance of finding local solutions emphasised. Similarly, important wider questions of 'culture, identity and language' during the process of European integration will be explored. Changes to the curriculum itself mean little unless supported by practical measures: the author will briefly introduce some of the steps that have been taken and the local materials that have been developed to help teachers cope with this important change.