Since there were paper presentations that dealt with policy analysis and performance standards, implications of such for reform in the different economies were highlighted. Moreover, for the Language Learning area, the top concerns that emerged from the discussion dealt with teacher capacity building, standards, assessment, and policy. An important paper was the presentation of Dr. Anne Pakir, a noted applied linguist from the National University of Singapore (NUS), who highlighted the concept of English-Knowing Bilingualism as a core competency in the 21st century in relation to the growing awareness and acceptance of multiculturalism and multilingualism around the globe.In terms of standards, highly recommended was the development of standards sensitive to APEC contexts and 21st century competencies, thus giving due importance to the three circles of English use: English dominant, English bilingual/lingua franca, and English as a foreign language. Communicative and …
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Publication information: Article title: Intercultural Competence. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: April 25, 2009. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.