Relational teaching: a way to foster EFL learners’ intercultural communicative competence through literary short stories

Enseñanza relacional: una forma de desarrollar la competencia comunicativa intercultural de estudiantes de inglés como lengua extranjera a través de cuentos literario

  • Luis Fernando Gómez Rodríguez Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia
Keywords: EFL (English as a Foreign Language), intercultural communicative competence, commonalities, multicultural literary texts, Relational Teaching (en_US)
Keywords: Enseñanza Relacional, competencia comunicativa intercultural, cuentos multiculturales, ILE (inglés como lengua extranjera), temas comunes (es_ES)

Abstract (en_US)

This article presents an action research study2 in an advanced EFL class of the language program at a public university in Bogotá, Colombia in 2011. The study suggests that the inclusion of authentic multicultural short stories from the U.S. fosters learners’ critical intercultural communicative competence (ICC) through the implementation of the Relational Teaching approach. The collected data demonstrated that learners developed critical intercultural skills through commonalities (a concept proposed by Relational Teaching) when they read literary short stories. Findings show that applying new teaching approaches and literature in EFL might contribute to create critical intercultural awareness.

Abstract (es_ES)

Este artículo describe un estudio de investigación acción realizado en una clase de inglés avanzado perteneciente a un programa de lenguas modernas en una Universidad pública en Bogotá, Colombia en el 2011. El estudio sugiere que la inclusión de cuentos multiculturales de USA en el contexto de inglés como lengua extranjera (ILE) desarrolla la competencia comunicativa intercultural de los estudiantes mediante la implementación del enfoque “Enseñanza Relacional.” Los datos recogidos muestran cómo los estudiantes desarrollaron habilidades interculturales críticas a través de temas comunes o commonalities (un concepto propuesto por la Enseñanza Relacional) cuando leyeron los cuentos literarios. Los hallazgos muestran que la aplicación de nuevos enfoques de enseñanza en el contexto ILE puede contribuir a crear conciencia intercultural crítica.


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Author Biography

Luis Fernando Gómez Rodríguez, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia

Modern Language Departement

Assistant Professor



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How to Cite
Gómez Rodríguez, L. F. (2014). Relational teaching: a way to foster EFL learners’ intercultural communicative competence through literary short stories. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 16(2), 135-150.
Published: 2014-09-22
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