Intercultural Communicative Competence

This section of the ATESL Curriculum Framework draws from the growing literature base and experiences of ESL practitioners who recognize the important role that culture plays in the language classroom. In this section, we will further refine our collective understanding and appreciation of the cultural knowledge, awareness, skills, and attitudes that curriculum developers, instructors, and learners bring to the adult ESL context. In Intercultural Communicative Competence, we

• Recognize culture as both product and process.
• Present ICC as a stance, or orientation, rather than body of content or method.
• Offer strategies to help you intentionally build ICC and foster more culturally responsive teaching and learning environments.