Critical Thinking and Interculturality


Language and culture are naturally bound. As language is the mean of exhibiting the culture, and culture is the origin of language, they must always be set together for a meaningful communication process in which interculturality is an all-time present trait. To achieve a successful language development, L2 learners require awareness in the different cultural patterns within the target language, as this permits to further comprehend the pragmatic phenomena of communication happening. Globally, artistic representations display a vast horizon of opportunities to get understanding of the world closer to our cognitive goals; music, films, theater, literature among other art forms bring discourse with genuine and visceral cultural features both implicit and explicit. Departing from Van Dijk’s Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), the opportunity to employ a critical view of artistic representations containing cultural context creates a perfect scenario to exhibit the real world into the pedagogical encounter. Thus, language development finds a vivid chance of becoming cognitive thriving in diverse dimensions of human thinking inside the academy.


Critical Thinking, Cultural Representations, Language Discourse Analysis, Interculturality, Communicative Competence


2019 Special Focus: "Learning to Make a Social Difference"


Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


  • Prof. Luís Fernando Pacheco Pérez
    • Full-time professor, Education, Universidad del Quindío, Colombia Quindío, Colombia
    • University professor and researcher since 2012 to present. B.A. in Modern Languages and M.A. Investigation in Education. Post-graduate studies in University Teaching and current professor of English and Research Seminar in Universidad del Quindío. Currently leading personal research projects in the region and working as well in translation and interpretation.