Teaching for intercultural communicative competence in Vietnamese EFL classes of tourism majors


Teachers’ practices
intercultural communicative competence
English for tourism purposes Việc giảng dạy của giáo viên
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Khả năng giao tiếp liên văn hóa
Tiếng Anh chuyên ngành du lịch


The study explores the Vietnamese EFL teachers’ practices and their beliefs about intercultural communicative competence (ICC) for tourism majors. Fifteen observations made to ten teachers were conducted in their English for Tourism Purposes (ETP) classes at three institutes in Central Vietnam. The teachers were then interviewed in a semi-structured format to examine the beliefs underlying their ICC teaching practices. The findings showed that the teacher’s practices focused on language skills and tourism-related knowledge. Their teaching of ICC was treated as a minor goal, but when they taught ICC, they emphasized the linguistic, cognitive and behavioural facets over others. Their practices were led by their beliefs in the importance of preparing students for their course assessment and future occupations. The study provides important implications for ICC education in the tourism domain.



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