Language Education for European Citizenship

Nikolina Tsvetkova

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”


Abstract: The paper focuses on a review of recent studies in the field of language education through the lens of developing intercultural communicative competence and active citizenship skills. It discusses the results of some recent research done by the author into the readiness of secondary English language teachers to implement EU-related topics and develop ICC and active citizenship skills and into the potential of the newly introduced educational standards, syllabi and just-published school books for teaching English at primary and secondary level to contribute to this process. It also argues the need to create the conditions for an educational continuum on a national level in order to utilize the potential of language education to contribute effectively to developing European citizenship skill at all levels (from primary to tertiary).

Keywords: intercultural communicative competence, intercultural citizenship, language education.

Rhetoric and Communications E-journal, Issue 34, May 2018,,, ISSN 1314-4464

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