Their “imagined community” of English language competence was predicated on their understanding that English is a “language of possibility” and speaking it would open opportunity for them.
Kayes, Kayes and Yamazaki (2005) drew on David Kolb’s theory of experiential learning and referenced the work of John Dewey and Kurt Lewis in their consideration of cultural competency. Central to this orientation is the recognition that language creates structure and therefore contributes to “knowledge absorption” which Kayes et al. (2005) considered the fundamental aspect of cultural competence. Researchers’ believe that language serves as the “raw material’ of experience” (p. 580). Because experience creates knowledge absorption and cross-cultural knowledge absorption occurs through “interactions with others from different cultures” requiring and producing “new understand and interpretation” (p. 581), effective language communication is fundamental to cultural competence.
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