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Fourth International Conference
on the
Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence

Preparing and Supporting K–16 Language Teachers to Teach for Intercultural Competence in and beyond the Classroom

January 23—26, 2014

Conference Program
The full program for the conference is available for download here.

Conference Theme
Preparing and Supporting K–16 Language Teachers to Teach for Intercultural Competence in and beyond the Classroom

Intercultural competence “is not an extra facet of teachers’ professional development but should become an integral part of that profession.”
(Leeman, Y., and Ledoux, G. (2003), Preparing teachers for intercultural education. Teaching Education, 14, 3, p. 282)
Conference Description
Download the conference flyer here

With greater awareness of the importance of intercultural competence in enabling learners to communicate effectively in an increasingly interconnected world, and with global travel and instant international communications available to a growing number of people, one of the primary goals of language teaching is to promote the acquisition of intercultural competence in the classroom and beyond. In order for teachers to become intercultural mediators (Zarate, Gohard-Radenkovic, Lussier, & Penz, 2003) and facilitators of intercultural competence in the classroom, it is critical for them to understand the concept of intercultural competence, the process involved in its development, and the ways and means of assessing and evaluating it. However, this cannot be accomplished without a major paradigm shift in the professionalization of language teachers. Today's language teachers must be equipped with the tools and strategies to effectively and efficiently foster the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of intercultural competence, as outlined by scholars in the field, in order to support all students and prepare them to become interculturally competent global citizens.

Organized by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona, the fourth international conference on the development and assessment of intercultural competence aims to bring researchers and practitioners across languages, levels, and settings to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices; to foster meaningful professional dialogue; and to enhance teacher effectiveness in teaching for intercultural competence in and beyond the classroom in order to support all students' development of intercultural competence. The conference is attended by faculty, administrators and students at post-secondary institutions, as well as K-12 teachers and individuals from a wide range of other non-traditional educational contexts who are interested in language teaching/learning and cultural competence.

Please see the links at the top of this page for information about keynote and plenary speakers, the pre- and post-conference workshops, registration costs and scholarship availability, lodging details, etc.

Conference Program
Pre- and post-conference workshops take place on January 23rd and 26th, running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day (registration for these is separate). The keynote, plenaries, papers and posters will be presented on Friday, January 24th from 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday January 25th from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. There is a reception on the evening of January 25th. A list of presentations and preview program is on this website, with the full program appearing online in January, 2014.

Presenters were invited to submit proposals for papers, symposia, posters and workshops; the deadline was in June, 2013, and we are no longer accepting submissions. However, a PDF version of the ICC 2014 Call for Papers is available on CERCLL's resource download page for reference purposes.

Presenters have the option to submit their papers for peer-review to be included in the Selected Conference Proceedings. Click here for the Proceedings guidelines, including the due date for papers.

Questions? If you can't find what you are looking for in the links above, please contact CERCLL at, (520)626‐8071.

Free materials and downloads are also available for the past three Intercultural Competence (ICC) Conferences. Follow these links to go to the 2008, 2010, and 2012 conference pages.

This conference is organized by the
Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL)

co-organized by the
Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) Program

co-sponsored by the
Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA), College of Humanities (COH), College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at the University of Arizona;

and the
Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at Pennsylvania State University; Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon; Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) at the University of Texas at Austin; National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) at the University of California - Los Angeles