APVEA 2017 schedule

The second APVEA conference schedule

"Challenges for Learners and Teachers in Telecollaborative Intercultural Exchanges"

Based on my experiences of conducting and researching telecollaborative intercultural exchanges and on the findings in an edited volume on Cultura-inspired intercultural exchanges: Focus on Asian and Pacific languages (Chun, 2014), I would like to share my thoughts on theoretical and practical aspects of developing Byram’s (1997) intercultural communicative competence (ICC) and Kramsch’s (2011) symbolic competence (SC). In addition to helping learners develop such competences, teachers also often find themselves desiring to improve their own ICC and SC. This presentation will discuss the challenges faced by both learners and teachers in striving to attain intercultural understanding.