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n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Communicamus, ergo sum : Interkulturelles Fremdsprachenlernen und seine Implikationen für Identitätskonstrukte
Communicamus, ergo sum. Intercultural learning of foreign languages and its implications for identity constructs
This article discusses the changes imposed upon individual constructs of identity by the process of foreign language learning in its advanced stages. The first part of the article focuses on the construct of identity which is understood to be a narrative of self that is to some extent fictitious and to some extent real, which leaves room for variations on the past. The notion of identity of self is a central concept in all cultures, therefore the poststructuralist demands for its abandonment should be resisted and countered with the notion of a dynamic, multilayered and non-essential self. Since the construct of identity, like every construct, relies on language and its underlying cultural patterns, it is prone to fundamental change when alternative concepts of social construction are encountered in the process of learning a foreign language and its cultural context. Thus a truly intercultural platform for the construction of identity can be generated which serves for a broadening of constructs of identity in an intercultural dimension.
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