Coactivity: Philology, Educology / Santalka: Filologija, Edukologija, Vol 20, No 2 (2012)

The Importance of Common Competence in Learning Foreign Languages

Vita Banionytė


The importance of Common Competence in learning foreign languages is analysed in this article. At first, general competence in learning foreign languages is provided according to “Common Framework of European languages learning, teaching and assessment”. Moreover, the knowledge of the world, sociocultural knowledge and intercultural consciousness as common competence are characterized in the article. This competence particularly helps those who are learning to use cultural manifestation. Sociolinguistics analyses the relations between the language and culture. It is possible to know foreign culture only with the help of a foreign language. When we are learning a foreign language it is necessary to perceive sociocultural, intercultural and multicultural norms of thinking and behaviour of the culture which is connected with that foreign language. It is often performed with the help of social stereotypes.
The origin and definition of stereotypes concept is provided in the article alongside with the division of stereotypes into autostereotypes and heterostereotypes, etc. Also, the concepts of misjudgment (falsche Einstellung), negative preconception (Vorurteil) are provided together with positive and negative social experience, which is conceded in stereotypes and the necessity of using them adequately in communication process. This article is based on national stereotypes, their knowledge is named as the condition of intercultural communication.

Article in: German

Article published: 2012-12-04

Keyword(s): common competence; the knowledge of the world; sociocultural knowledge; intercultural consciousness/intercultural competence; stereotypes; autostereotypes; heterostereotypes; regional and national stereotypes; misjudgment; negative preconception

DOI: 10.3846/cpe.2012.13

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