Intercultural Sensitivity A Study of Pre-service English Language Teachers

Mustafa Zülküf Altan (1)
(1) Erciyes University Faculty of Education Department of Foreign Languages Education, Turkey


Since societies develop mutual aims and different societies perpetuate developing long-term economic, social and cultural relationships with other cultural groups and the global instability continues hitting the world, developing intercultural sensitivity becomes more and more important at all levels of the education, especially for those who will teach other languages.

One of the major aspects of intercultural communication competence is intercultural sensitivity which has been gaining increasing attention in different disciplines. This paper focuses on the importance of intercultural sensitivity and shares the results of a study on the intercultural sensitivity of Turkish ELT major (English Language Teaching) pre-service teachers. For this purpose, 70 senior ELT major pre-service teachers completed an instrument comprising 5 factors with 24 items developed by Chen and Starosta (2000) for measuring intercultural sensitivity.

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Note: I would like to thank the participants of the study and the anonymous reviewers, especially reviewer #2, for his/her detailed and helpful comments to the manuscript as these comments led me to an improvement of the work.


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Mustafa Zülküf Altan, Erciyes University Faculty of Education Department of Foreign Languages Education

Mustafa Zülküf Altan is a full time professor in ELT at the Department of Foreign Languages Education at Erciyes University, Turkey. His research interests include teacher education, teacher development, and managing educational change, individual differences in foreign language learning, alternative assessment, intercultural communication and entrepreneurial teaching.

Altan, M. Z. (2018). Intercultural Sensitivity A Study of Pre-service English Language Teachers. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 18(1), 1–18.

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