Intercultural language education for the 21st century through literary texts

Ana Gonçalves Matos, Sílvia Melo Pfeiffer

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This chapter discusses how language education in the 21st century should address the needs of learners for the 21st century. Taking into account the disruptive, ambiguous, and contradictory nature of our current societies, we argue that through reading literary texts in a second language, it is possible to develop interpretation, criticality, and empathy, while building understandings of alterity that characterize intercultural learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiterature and Intercultural Learning in Language and Teacher Education
EditorsAna Gonçalves Matos, Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783631819852
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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