EFL Learners’ Intercultural Competence Development Through International News

  • Luis Fernando Gómez-Rodríguez Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Colombia
Keywords: : intercultural communicative competence, news, English as a foreign language, EFL learners surface culture, deep culture


This case study analyzed how a group of English learners built critical intercultural awareness through the discussion of cultural events as reported in news media such as The New York Times, the U.S. News, and The Telegraph. Learners’ critical reflections on controversial social conflicts related to injustice, gender inequality, and stereotypes in different cultures constituted the core data collected through field notes, logs, and one questionnaire. Findings revealed that English learners not only gained new knowledge about beliefs, values, and behaviors that cause conflict in other cultural communities, but compared them critically to their own culture. This research concluded that integrating news in EFL education can be a salient instructional material to help EFL speakers become more critical intercultural individuals through topics belonging to deep culture.


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Author Biography

Luis Fernando Gómez-Rodríguez, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Colombia

holds a Ph.D. in English Studies from Illinois State University, USA, and a M. A. in education from Carthage College, USA. He is a fulbrigh scholar. He is an associate teacher of the Language Department at Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia. He has published research articles in  several indexed journals and is the author of some books. His main research interests are intercultural competence, critical literacy, global literacy, and the teaching of literature in EFL education


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How to Cite
Gómez-Rodríguez, L. F. (2018). EFL Learners’ Intercultural Competence Development Through International News. GiST Education and Learning Research Journal, (16), 185-208. https://doi.org/10.26817/16925777.431