Communicating between Cultures: Practical suggestions for acquiring cultural intelligence in C2 through literature and digital technology

Maria Metodieva Genova

Second English Language School “Thomas Jefferson” – Sofia



This paper presents some practical ideas in intercultural education in the 21st century foreign language classroom. It summarizes personal experience of teaching English as a foreign language to 17-year-old Bulgarian students by integrating the Teaching through Literature Approach and digital technologies.

An attempt will be made to describe useful practices for fostering the acquisition of cultural intelligence in L2 by involving students in exploring, discussing and comparing products, practices and perspectives of the target culture by means of various digital tools and resources. The focus of attention is literature and digital media (films, trailers, video casts, etc.), first, as elements from ‘Big C’ Culture (especially works from the literary canon of the 18th – 19th century British and American literature and their respective film adaptations), and second, as authentic sources of gaining cultural knowledge about elements with a ‘little c’ (styles of communication, verbal and non-verbal language, cultural norms, etc.).

Key words: cultural intelligence, literature, digital technologies.

Rhetoric and Communications E-journal, Issue 37, November 2018,,, ISSN 1314-4464

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