Towards the Development of Intercultural Competence Skills: A Pedagogical Experience with Pre-Service Teachers

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Bertha Ramos Holguín


Although interculturality has been the focus of several studies which reveal a tendency to include an understanding of students’ home culture and cultures around the world in the English language classes, few studies focus on the inclusion of an intercultural component in a class different from the English one. This article aims to share a pedagogical experience carried out in a Colombian public university in order to analyze how intercultural competence skills emerged in pre-service teachers after the implementation of an intercultural component in a research and pedagogy class. Data were gathered through field notes, students’ artifacts, and group discussions. Findings revealed that pre-service teachers started to develop intercultural competence by developing skills to interpret and contextualize cultural practices and by raising awareness of contextual complexities.

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Ramos Holguín, B. (2013). Towards the Development of Intercultural Competence Skills: A Pedagogical Experience with Pre-Service Teachers. HOW Journal, 20(1), 206-225. Retrieved from
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Author Biography

Bertha Ramos Holguín, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, Tunja

Bertha Ramos Holguín is an associate teacher at Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia. She holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Universidad Distrital. She belongs to the research group TONGUE. She has co-authored English textbooks and published research articles related to English language teaching.


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