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By Phiona Stanley

The premise that intercultural touch produces intercultural competence underpins a lot explanation of backpacker tourism and in-country language schooling. although, if insufficiently problematized, pre-existing structures of cultural 'otherness' may possibly prevent intercultural competence improvement. this can be nowhere more true than in contexts during which vast disparities of strength, wealth, and privilege exist, and the place such positionings may match unproblematized. This examine contributes to theoretical understandings of ways intercultural competence develops via intercultural touch events via an in depth, a number of case research of 3 conceptually similar contexts during which Western backpackers learn Spanish in Latin the US. This event, usually 'bundled' with home-stay, volunteer paintings, social, and vacationer reviews, bargains a wealthy set of empirical facts in which to appreciate the character of intercultural competence and the tactics by which it can be built. versions of a unmarried, context-free, transferable intercultural competence are rejected. in its place, feedback are made as to how educators will help arrange intercultural sojourners by means of scaffolding their intercultural reflections and problematizing their very own intersectional identities and their assumptions. The examine is a severe ethnography with components of autoethnographic mirrored image. The ebook for this reason additionally contributes to improvement of this qualitative learn method and offers an empirical instance of its program.

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