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Foreign Language Learning as Intercultural Experience: The Subjective Dimension (Intercultural Studies and Foreign Language Learning)

Foreign Language Learning as Intercultural Experience: The Subjective Dimension (Intercultural Studies and Foreign Language Learning)

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  • ISBN-13: 9783034318792
  • Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
  • Release Date: Mar 30, 2015
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 283 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 8.0 x 0.5 inches

Overview

Learning a foreign language in its cultural context has a significant effect on the subjective mind, ranging from the unsettling to the inspirational. The complex interplay between native and foreign languages, their cultural conceptualisations and discourses and the mind and body of the learner results in the subjective construction of individual positionings located «in between» the languages and cultures involved. These processes are not restricted to the cognitive level of learning but also involve deep-seated habits, values and beliefs. These habits, values and beliefs are to a certain extent the result of subjective experiences and feelings; however, they are also embedded in a socio-cultural network of concepts, norms, traditions and life-worlds, so that they are characterised both by the learner’s subjectivity and by the sociality and (inter-)culturality of their environment.
The essays in this volume explore the subjective dimension of intercultural language learning, ranging from theoretical considerations to empirical studies and providing stimulating insights into this important area of study.

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