Othering: Towards a Critical Cultural Awareness in the Language Classroom

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Sthephanny Moncada Linares


Due to the need of decentering language learners’ conceptions and practices of “othering” against the target culture, it has become necessary to help them grow in critical cultural understanding and positive appreciation towards the richness of difference and plurality, as a transversal dimension of their intercultural competence. Thus, this paper seeks to summarize the literature on the notion of othering and its pedagogical possibilities to promote critical cultural awareness raising in the language classroom. It initially presents some theoretical contributions on the concepts of the “Other” and the “Self” and its dialectical relation, and later, it proposes four pedagogical tools that could enable learners to achieve the already mentioned objective.

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Moncada Linares, S. (2016). Othering: Towards a Critical Cultural Awareness in the Language Classroom. HOW, 23(1), 129–146. https://doi.org/10.19183/how.23.1.157
Reflections and Revision of Themes
Author Biography

Sthephanny Moncada Linares, Universidad La Gran Colombia

Sthephanny Moncada Linares is a research professor at Universidad La Gran Colombia. She holds a BA in Spanish, English, and French from Universidad de La Salle, Colombia, and an MA in Applied Linguistics of Spanish as a Foreign Language from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia). She was a former Spanish assistant teacher at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse (USA).


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