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Book chapter

Обучение иностранному языку и этноцентризм: преодолеть нельзя мириться

С. 305-310.

The article deals with the concept of ethnocentrism, understood as evaluating facts of life and other peoples through the prism of own traditions and values. The concept of ethnocentrism can be found in research on cross-cultural communication in various spheres. Aiming to develop intercultural competence as the result of teaching foreign languages, philologists tend to describe ethnocentrism as destructive, preventing their students from obtaining the target language native speakers’ world picture and creating a bi-cultural of poly-cultural identity. At the same time, by analyzing sociologists’ and psychologists’ approach to ethnocentrism as integral for human nature and critical for maintaining one’s positive ethnic identity as well as ethnic group solidity, one may reassess its role in foreign language teaching. If we accept the positive role of ethnocentrism, we might shift the focus from overcoming it to developing it from radical to flexible, which would allow for accepting all the varieties of cultural filters of reality and making our learners more adaptable and successful participants of cross-cultural communication.