Pre-Service Language Teachers’ Knowledge and Practices of Intercultural Communicative Competence

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María Teresa Esteban-Núñez


This paper reports a descriptive case study developed in an English language teaching program at a public university in Colombia. The purpose of this study was to disclose what knowledge a group of pre-service teachers had about intercultural communicative competence and how they considered their approach to this competence in the English classes they had planned during their final pedagogical practicum. The instruments used to collect data were documents, interviews, and a survey. The outcomes were meaningful for the participants as well as for the researcher since it was possible to identify that pre-service teachers understand this competence as a visible concept to be approached in the classes, mainly to refer to and learn about other cultures different from the Colombian and Boyacense ones. It was also identified that the intercultural communicative competence was considered, by these pre-service teachers, as the “dressing” to change the taste of the class. 

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Esteban-Núñez, M. T. (2021). Pre-Service Language Teachers’ Knowledge and Practices of Intercultural Communicative Competence. HOW Journal, 28(1), 11-29.
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María Teresa Esteban-Núñez, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

She holds a BA in Modern Languages and an MA in Language Teaching from Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia. She is a full-time teacher-researcher in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the same University. She is a member of the research group Knowledge in Action (KIA).


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