Rethinking Intercultural Training In Teacher Training

Nilgün Yücel (1) , Aysun Yavuz (2)
(1) Marmara University School of Foreign Languages , Turkey
(2) Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University School of Foreign Languages , Turkey


Often lauded for its role in language education, very little is said or written about the integration of intercultural education into language teacher training. This research spotlighted different approaches to interculturality as well as focusing on the processes that pre-service English language teachers went through during their intercultural training. The context of this study was one particular English Teacher Education Department in Turkey. The methodology rested on the use of focus-group interviews. 3 categories and 8 themes emerged from the analysed data indicated the importance of raising pre-service English language teachers’ awareness of different approaches to interculturality, including these approaches in language teacher training as and relating them to pre-service English language teachers’ future practice.

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Author Biographies

Nilgün Yücel, Marmara University School of Foreign Languages

Nilgün Yücel (Dr.) is currently a lecturer at Marmara University, The School of Foreign Languages, İstanbul, Turkey. She holds a PhD in English Language Teaching, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey and an MA in English Teacher Education, Bilkent University, Turkey. She is particularly interested in language teacher education, intercultural education and discourse analysis.

Aysun Yavuz, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University School of Foreign Languages

Prof. Dr. Aysun Yavuz is currently working at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Education, Department of English Language Teaching, Çanakkale, Turkey. She holds an EdD. (Doctorate in Education) in Teacher Education, University of Nottingham, UK and an Med. (Masters in Education) in Teacher Education, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. She teaches several courses both at graduate and undergraduate levels such as Linguistics, Research Skills, and Teacher Education. She is particularly interested in reflective language teacher education, applied linguistics and discourse analysis.

Yücel, N., & Yavuz, A. (2019). Rethinking Intercultural Training In Teacher Training. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 19(3), 1–10.

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