Plenary delivered at CISV International (Children’s International Summer Villages), Tokyo, Japan, on their 50th Anniversary.
Dr. Alvino E. Fantini, Professor Emeritus, School for International Training, and past President of SIETAR International, holds degrees in anthropology and applied linguistics and has worked in the fields of language education and intercultural communication for over 50 years. He has worked with languages and cultures in education and training, in intensive and extensive programs, in academia and field situations, in the U.S. and abroad, and for the Peace Corps, development projects, and international educational exchange. He has done significant research resulting in publications on bilingualism, language development, and language and cross-cultural matters, including his most recent publication, Intercultural Communicative Competence in Educational Exchange: A Multinational Perspective. Fantini currently serves as an international consultant.
Photo left: Service award granted to Dr. Fantini by World Learning at the SIETAR Conference in 2002.
A complex of abilities needed to perform effectively and appropriately when interacting with others who are linguistically and culturally different from oneself. These abilities include: various characteristics or attributes, three areas or domains, four dimensions, host language proficiency (a fundamental component), and degrees of attainment that develop through a longitudinal process.
Photo right: At a SIETAR Conference with Peggy Pusch and Marshall Brewer
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