JoLIE 2:1 (2009)

Back to issue page







Colin Calleja

University of Malta






The escalating immigrant presence in Europe highlights certain issues of diversity in terms of language, para-language, religion, territoriality, class, and ethnicity. The reality today more than ever is that ‘most, if not all nation States are differentiated polyethnic States…’ (Gundara 2000: 24). This calls for the strengthening of intercultural communication competencies and skills in particular within institutions that are professionally in contact with mobility. This paper presents a training methodology for intercultural communication training, developed within the framework of lifelong learning, Grundtvig 1.1. This paper also proposes that in order for such training to be successful one needs to respect participants’ different pathways that “work within each of us to create a system of learning based upon stimulus processing, the use of memory, and the pattern-driven ingenuity of our human capacity to respond” to the learning experience (Grundtvig Let Me Learn Training Module 2005).


Key words: Intercultural communication training; Learning patterns; Let Me Learn; SPICES; Differentiation; Conducive learning environment.



Editors’ note:

This article is an updated version of the author’s contribution to the Proceedings of the Exploratory Workshop Linguistic and Intercultural Education in the Process of Europeanisation of Higher Education CLIE-2009, Popescu, T & Pioariu R (Eds.). Aeternitas: Alba-Iulia, pp. 97–106 (with permission).





Balboni, P. E. (2002). Le Sfide di Babele: Insegnare le lingue nella Società Complesse. Torino: Utet.


Bruer, J. (1997). Schools for thought: A science of learning in the classroom (4th printing). Cambridge/London: The MIT Press.


Calleja, C., & Montebello, M. (2006). Let Me Learn in-service training: A teacher’s experience. Journal of Maltese Educational Research - JMER, 4(2), 54–66.


Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1997). Finding flow: The psychology of engagement with everyday life. New York: Basic Books.


Fridell, M. (2008). Immigration in the neoliberal politics of redistribution reform. Retrieved from


Grundtvig Let Me Learn Training Module. (2005).


Gundara, J. S. (2000). Interculturalism, Education and inclusion. London: Sage Publishing.


Johnston, C. (1996). Unlocking the will to learn. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press.


Johnston, C. (1998). Let me learn. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press.


Johnston, C., & Dainton, G. (1997). The learning connections inventory. Pittsgrove: Let Me Learn.


Klein, G., & Caruana, S. (Eds.). (2008). Intercultural communication in bureaucratic and institutional contexts. In Conversarii. Studi Linguistici CLA. (Sezione Didattica 2).


Kwintessential. (2009). Cross cultural awareness and training. Retrieved from


Senge, P. M. (1990). The fifth discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization. New York: Doubleday Publishing.


Sternberg, R. J., Torff, G., & Grigorenko, E. L. (1998). Teaching triarchically improves student achievement. Journal of Educational Psychology, 90(3), 374–384. DOI:   



How to cite this articleCalleja, C. (2009). Intercultural Communication Training respectful of learners’ characteristics: A pedagogical model for social promotion of intercultural communication, expertise and skillsJournal of Linguistic and Intercultural Education – JoLIE, 2(1), 2136. DOI:



For details on subscription, go to: