Abstract: The intensive character of intercultural processes in today’s society changes communication on fundamental levels such as practice and behavior. Contemporary sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic theories and studies lay the well-grounded intercultural discourse as a key in the interpretation of social interactions in global society. The requirements for an individual competence at the same time change, too. Competence is comprehended as a complex of knowledge, skills and attitudes that allow effective coping with individuals in situations determined more frequently by cultural differences. The linguistic competence is interpreted in this complex as a part of a common communicative competence and that determines a close relation between issues of linguistic diversity and individual social adaptability, and their significance for social stability and cohesion as well. The educational and pedagogical aspects of these issues are interpreted in this study in the context of intercultural communicative competence as one of the key goals of contemporary education.
Keywords:intercultural communication, communicative competence, plurilingualism, educational interaction
Rhetoric and Communications E-journal, Issue 1, September 2014, http://rhetoric.bg/, ISSN 1314-4464