Evidence of Intercultural Communication Competence in Tenth Grader’s Narrative Texts

  • María Eulalia Guerrero Moya Colegio José Joaquín Casas I.E.D.,
  • Liliana Muñoz Ortíz Colegio El Porvenir I.E.D,
  • Ana María Niño Díaz Colegio Técnico Jaime Pardo Leal I.E.D
Keywords: Intercultural communicative competence, culture, citizenship, narrative texts, literature circles, storytelling, SOLO taxonomy, language acquisition.


This action research study explored the effects of an intervention linking both culture and citizenship in a tenth-grade English language class, and aimed at finding evidence of intercultural communicative competence (ICC) skills through the writing of narrative texts in English. Participants were 75 tenth-grade students, between the ages of 14 and 17 years old who attended three different public schools in Bogotá, Colombia. Through literature circles (discussion groups) and storytelling tools, learners played an active role, discovered similarities and differences among cultures, reflected upon their tolerance levels, and explored ways to face problems. Findings suggest that students were able to identify differences in cultures and how those differences helped them to build identity. In addition, they analyzed how they reacted in situations where their tolerance skills were challenged.


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Author Biographies

María Eulalia Guerrero Moya, Colegio José Joaquín Casas I.E.D.,
Maria Eulalia Guerrero Moya holds a Master’s degree in English Language Teaching – Autonomous Learning Environments of the Universidad de La Sabana. She teaches at Colegio José Joaquin Casas I.E.D. in Bogotá as an English teacher in grades 6-11. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages from the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. Her research interests include self-directed learning, CLIL, ICC, and CALL.
Liliana Muñoz Ortíz, Colegio El Porvenir I.E.D,

Liliana Muñoz Ortíz holds a Master’s degree in English Language Teaching – Autonomous Learning Environments of the Universidad de La Sabana. She teaches at Colegio El Porvenir I.E.D. as an English teacher in grades 6-9. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional. Her research interests include ICC, innovative strategies to teach English, autonomy, and CALL.

Ana María Niño Díaz, Colegio Técnico Jaime Pardo Leal I.E.D

Ana María Niño Díaz holds a Master degree in English Language Teaching – Autonomous Learning Environments of the Universidad de La Sabana. She teaches at Colegio Técnico Jaime Pardo Leal I.E.D. as an English and Technical English teacher in grades 10-11. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional. Her research interests include ICC, CLIL, CALL, and materials design.


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How to Cite
Guerrero Moya, M. E., Muñoz Ortíz, L., & Niño Díaz, A. M. (2016). Evidence of Intercultural Communication Competence in Tenth Grader’s Narrative Texts. GiST Education and Learning Research Journal, (13), 111-130. https://doi.org/10.26817/16925777.315