Cultural Noticing, Language Learning, and Sources of Tension During a Study Abroad Experience Activity Systems Analysis

Tomasz Róg (1)
(1) S. Staszic University of Applied Sciences in Piła, Poland, Poland

Abstract

The study reported below traces the developing intercultural competence and foreign language communicative competence of a Polish sophomore student of chemical technology as she becomes a border crosser in Portugal. The theoretical perspective taken up in the present paper rests on Activity Theory (Leontiev 1976, Vygotsky 1984) and the research methodology is based on its outgrowth, namely the Activity Systems Analysis (Engeström 1987, 2001). The analysis of the accrued ethnographic data uncovered how the emerging tensions and contradictions experienced by the research participant helped her work towards minimising them, overcoming the disequilibrium and becoming a better, although still imperfect, intercultural speaker.

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Tomasz Róg
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Author Biography

Tomasz Róg, S. Staszic University of Applied Sciences in Piła, Poland

Tomasz RÓG (PhD) specialises in applied linguistics and methodology of language teaching. He is a senior lecturer at Department of Philology at S. Staszic University of Applied Sciences in Piła, Poland and an author of numerous articles devoted to second language acquisition and a book (2013) on the development of intercultural communicative competence among students participating in the Erasmus programme.

Róg, T. (2017). Cultural Noticing, Language Learning, and Sources of Tension During a Study Abroad Experience Activity Systems Analysis. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 17(1), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v17i1.733

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