Blending Spaces: Mediating and Assessing Intercultural Competence in the L2 Classroom

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2015-11

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The Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language

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With the vast amount of second language learners across the world in various contexts and  the  ever-­‐present  force  of  globalization,  it  becomes  essential  to  acknowledge  the  interaction of differing sociocultural and linguistic practices at play in second language (L2) learning. In doing so, a learner of a new linguistic code can gradually come to use both their first and second languages appropriately through the medium of a third space between  each  system.  Witte  discusses  the  unique  situation  of  L2  learners  when  faced  with a new, possibly competing linguistic system and culture, in such a way that would benefit both educators and researchers alike. He explains the challenges that a foreign language  learner  faces  in  having  two  competing  rhetorical  traditions,  and  he  explains  the interactions of these languages in a third space where reconciliation takes place in new  and  interesting  forms.  This  book  meticulously  and  gradually  builds  on  both  first  and second language development in order to construct the understanding of what intercultural competence could mean.

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Stewart, JesAlana. (2015). "Review of: Blending Spaces: Mediating and Assessing Intercultural Competence in the L2 Classroom. Witte, 2014, De Gruyter." in The Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language 19(3).

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Book review