Extended Deadline: Proposals for 2nd International Conference on Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence


Aiming for ‘The Third Place:’ Intercultural Competence through Foreign Language Teaching and Learning


Second International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence

January 29-31, 2010
Hotel Arizona, Tucson AZ

Workshop, Paper and Poster Proposal Submission Extended Deadline:
September 1, 2009

Keynote Speaker Claire Kramsch, Ph.D. — University of California, Berkeley
Professor of German and Foreign Language Acquisition; Founding Director of the Berkeley Language Center

Intercultural competence is [the ability] ‘to see relationships between different cultures – both internal and external to a society – and to mediate, that is interpret each in terms of the other, either for themselves or for other people.’ It also encompasses the ability to critically or analytically understand that one’s ‘own and other cultures’ perspective is culturally determined rather than natural.
– Michael Byram, Professor, University of Durham

Globalization, having brought individuals in contact with one another at an unprecedented scale, has also brought forth a general challenge to traditionally recognized boundaries of nation, language, race, gender, and class. For those living within this rapidly changing social landscape,intercultural competence–as defined by Michael Byram above–is a necessary skill, and the cultivation of such intercultural individuals falls on the shoulders of today’s educators. They should provide students with opportunities to help them define and design for themselves their “third place” or “third culture,” a sphere of interculturality that enables language students to take an insider’s view as well as an outsider’s view on both their first and second cultures. It is this ability to find/establish/adopt this third place that is at the very core of intercultural competence.

The conference aims to bring researchers and practitioners across languages, levels and settings to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices and foster meaningful professional dialogue on issues related to Intercultural Competence teaching and learning.

This conference is organized by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) and cosponsored by the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program, Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona

Complete Conference details: http://cercll.arizona.edu/icc_2010.php

Proposal guidelines and online submission form: