Intercultural competence is [the ability] “to see relationships between different cultures – both internal and external to a society – and to mediate, that is interpret each in terms of the other, either for themselves or for other people.” It also encompasses the ability to critically or analytically understand that one’s “own and other cultures’” perspective is culturally determined rather than natural. – Byram, M.
Seventh International Conference on the
Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence
Internationalizing the Curriculum:
The Role of Intercultural Competence
January 23-26, 2020
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona, and Online
Adriana Diaz (University of Queensland – Australia)
Marianne Larsen (Western University – Canada)
Sharon Stein (University of British Columbia – Canada)
The conference schedule includes a searchable list of presentations with their summaries.
Featuring experts in Intercultural Competence from across the U.S. and internationally, the Intercultural Competence Conference is for K-16 educators and students in fields related to Foreign Languages, Social Sciences/Studies and the Humanities, and for others involved in government, NGOs, and the private sector who are interested in seeing and interpreting relationships between cultures. This biennial event brings together researchers and practitioners across languages, levels, and settings to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices, and to foster meaningful professional dialog on issues related to the development and assessment of Intercultural Competence, especially in a foreign or second language.
Hosted by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona, the 2020 ICC conference will take stock of current models for internationalizing curricula as well as the genealogies of these discussions. Presentations will 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.
The archive of previous Intercultural Competence conferences can be found at the past conferences link in the menu bar above, including links to presentations.