VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Foreign Language Teachers' Beliefs and Practices about Intercultural Communicative Competence: A Review of Literature
Lan Thi Thuy Nguyen, Christine Biebricher, Gillian Ward

Building: A12
Room: Room 304
Date: 2018-10-13 09:00 AM – 09:30 AM
Last modified: 2018-09-16


Investigating the relationship between foreign language (FL) teachers’ beliefs and practices is a continuing concern within areas of language teaching, as a much-debated question is whether what language teachers do in their classes actually reflects what they think. Previous research has shown that teachers’ beliefs are one of the factors affecting teachers’ behaviors and decision-making process in the classroom. In the era of globalization, there has been an increasing interest in exploring the relationship between teachers’ beliefs and practices about Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC). The paper endeavors to review a number of previous studies in terms of FL teachers’ beliefs and practices about FL teaching in general and ICC in particular. It begins with a brief theoretical presentation of related concepts followed with significant findings from previous research during the last three decades. The paper will end with several research gaps and introduce a current investigation on EFL teachers’ beliefs and practices about ICC at the tertiary level in the context of Vietnam. This paper aims to add to a growing body of literature on FL teachers’ beliefs and practices about ICC and the relationship between their beliefs and practices about ICC.


Teachers’ beliefs, teachers’ practices, globalization, Intercultural Communicative Competence, Vietnamese EFL learners