Key Concepts

Cultural knowledge is the ability to regurgitate facts about a given culture.

Cross-cultural experiences are opportunities to engage with members of other cultures and particularly speakers of other languages, through face-to-face encounters, online interaction, media, texts, etc.

Intercultural awareness means that an individual can recognize a cultural boundary and perhaps identify the role of culture when interpreting others’ beliefs and practices.

Intercultural competence involves an extensive set of attitudes and skills that allow individuals, especially language learners, to behave and adjust appropriately when interacting across cultural boundaries and to increase their awareness, skills, and ability to interact appropriately by learning from cross-cultural encounters.

ACTFL Intercultural Competence Can-Do Statements

Council of Europe CEFR Resources for Intercultural education (


Reaching Intercultural Competence with Story-Based Methods

(Teaching ICC through CI)

Designing Intercultural Activities

A guide for identifying the intercultural potential of topics you teach and building communicative lessons around them.

Language Shock and Language Socialization: Developing Skills Here that Support Learning There

Planning for Intercultural Instruction

Interactive Protocols

Role Plays, Interviews, Debates, and Online Exchanges

Interactive Protocols for Intercultural Language Teaching | hc:41263 | Humanities CORE (

Intercultural Attitude Adjustments

11 Statements for Language Learners to Think Through

Intercultural Attitude Adjustments for Language Learners and Other Cross-Cultural Explorers | hc:41261 | Humanities CORE (

Coming Soon

Intercultural Activity Examples