Defining and Assessing Intercultural Competence in the Classroom


Darla Deardorff


Thursday, 24 March 2016
10:30 am–12:00 pm ET
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Cost: Free for members; US$​50 for nonmembers
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Who Should Attend?

  • ESL/EFL teachers
  • English language teacher trainers, especially ones in an ESL setting, but also those in an EFL setting

More About This Seminar

Fluency in a language, and language teaching pedagogy doesn't necessarily mean one is interculturally competent.  Join this webinar to learn more about a research-based framework and definition of intercultural competence and how this framework can be used to develop and assess students' ability to interact successfully with others from many different backgrounds. 

What Will I Learn?

Participants will be able to
  • understand a research-based framework and definition of intercultural competence
  • gain insights into applying this framework in the classroom to assess and develop students' intercultural competence
  • expand awareness of the research being done in the field of intercultural communication

About the Presenter 

deardorff photoDarla K. Deardorff is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) based at Duke University, where she is also a research scholar.  She also holds faculty appointments at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (S. Africa), Meiji University (Japan), and Shanghai International Studies University (China), as well as other institutions.   She is a widely published author, invited speaker, and consultant who is well-known for her work on intercultural competence development and assessment. Her most recent books include Building Cultural Competence (Stylus, 2012) and Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators (Stylus, 2015), with a forthcoming book entitled Intercultural Competence in International Higher Education (Routledge).  She also published an ESL textbook on intercultural competence development entitled, Beneath the Tip of the Iceberg: Improving English and Understanding US Cultural Patterns (University of Michigan Press, ​2011), as well as The Sage Handbook of Intercultural Competence (Sage, 2009). Her ESOL experience includes teacher training as well as teaching in both university and community college contexts.