Language, culture and interculturality through narratives with learners of Spanish as a foreign language

Amparo Rodrigo-Mateu

Abstract

This research focuses on a classroom experience with adult learners of Spanish as a foreign language. The aim is to delve into the joint development of linguistic, communicative and intercultural competences through writing. We will observe the communicative competence from an intercultural perspective in a language learning process based on sociocultural reflections.

The work is framed within the TALIS Project (Teaching and Acquisition of Solidarity and Intercultural Competences through Languages and Literature). The result is a published book of twelve bilingual tales (Spanish-English) focusing on languages and interculturality, written by learners of Spanish at the University of Mumbai, in India. Its publishing and distribution mainly target Spain and India, subsequently exploiting the intercultural side of the work carried out. Analysed data also include direct observation in class and evaluations by students after finishing the project, showing students’ involvement in their sociocultural environment and the development of intercultural competences throughout the process.

Keywords

intercultural competence, culture, narratives, Spanish as a foreign language, social awareness

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