NAVIGATING EAST AND WEST: LANGUAGE TEACHERS AS INTERCULTURAL MEDIATORS

Michelle Kohler

Abstract


The move in recent times from a native speaker norm as the ultimate goal of language learning to a bilingual
speaker norm requires a new understanding of the role of the language teacher. Rather than transmitter of
knowledge or facilitator of learning, the language teacher is a mediator of language and culture, standing
between students' language(s) and culture(s) and the target language and culture. This role presents a number
of challenges for language teachers as they consider the implications for their practice and for their own
linguistic and cultural identities. Using examples from teachers of Indonesian as a second language in Australian
schools, this paper examines how teachers of languages must navigate the local and the additional
language and culture with their students in practice.
Keywords: Mediation, intercultural, language teaching

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DOI: 10.30595/lks.v6i2.131

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