Intercultural Competence Conference

Project Directors: Beatrice Dupuy and Chantelle Warner (UA).
In collaboration with: the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT), CMES , CIUA, COH, and SBS at the UA; and several other Language Resource Centers: CALPER, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) and CASLS.

This project is a continuation of a successful biennial conference previously hosted by CERCLL ( The conference series serves three key purposes: (1) to bring researchers and practitioners across languages, levels and settings to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices; (2) to foster meaningful professional dialogue on issues related to Intercultural Competence teaching and learning; and (3) to enhance teacher intercultural effectiveness in the classroom in order to support all students and prepare them to become global citizens. The 5th and 6th events took place in January 2016 and 2018: the first, Intercultural Competence: Traditions and Transitions, focused upon the developments that have taken place in this field since the inception of the conference in 2006; while in 2018 the conference explored Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical, and featured talks and workshops that considered intercultural competence in connection with global trends of migration, travel, and digitally-enabled mobility. In 2020, the theme of Internationalizing the Curriculum, the Role of Intercultural Competence, took stock of current models for internationalizing curricula as well as the genealogies of these discussions. Presentations include accounts of best practices as well as critical examinations of current trends and conceptual think pieces around what it might mean to internationalize higher education.

Many of the presentations were recorded and are available after the events on the ICC conference website and CERCLL’s Youtube channel, and Powerpoints, handouts and selected Proceedings serve as other permanent resources created through the project.