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By Phiona Stanley

The premise that intercultural touch produces intercultural competence underpins a lot explanation of backpacker tourism and in-country language schooling. despite the fact that, if insufficiently problematized, pre-existing buildings of cultural 'otherness' may well prevent intercultural competence improvement. this can be nowhere more true than in contexts within which huge disparities of strength, wealth, and privilege exist, and the place such positionings may fit unproblematized. This research contributes to theoretical understandings of ways intercultural competence develops via intercultural touch events via an in depth, a number of case learn of 3 conceptually related contexts during which Western backpackers examine Spanish in Latin the United States. This adventure, frequently 'bundled' with home-stay, volunteer paintings, social, and vacationer studies, bargains a wealthy set of empirical information during which to appreciate the character of intercultural competence and the techniques by which it can be constructed. types of a unmarried, context-free, transferable intercultural competence are rejected. as an alternative, feedback are made as to how educators can help organize intercultural sojourners by means of scaffolding their intercultural reflections and problematizing their very own intersectional identities and their assumptions. The learn is a severe ethnography with components of autoethnographic mirrored image. The ebook for this reason additionally contributes to improvement of this qualitative learn technique and offers an empirical instance of its program.

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