Chapter in:Advancedness in Second Language Spanish: Definitions, challenges, and possibilities
Edited by Mandy R. Menke and Paul A. Malovrh
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 31] 2021
Using the L2 to express intercultural competence
A measure of sophisticated language use in context
This chapter explores stancetaking expressed in the second language (L2) as a means of identifying learners’ intercultural competence in order to offer a novel way to define sophisticated language use in context and to describe advanced L2 learners. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with L2 learners of Spanish. Qualitative and quantitative analyses revealed that learners’ stances towards cultural difference aligned with stages of intercultural competence. Learners expressed nuanced stances that indicated the advanced intercultural competence stages of acceptance and adaptation. A comparison of learners’ intercultural competence expressed in the L2 and performance on a lexicogrammatical test revealed no clear relationship between these two measures of advancedness, suggesting that L2 advancedness is multifaceted and includes linguistic competence and the ability to express intercultural competence via the L2.
Keywords: advanced second language (L2), sophisticated language use in context, intercultural competence, stance
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