UDC 37.014:316.7(4-672EU)(497.11)
Biblid: 1451-3188, 21 (2022)
Vol. 21, No 77-78, pp. 445-459
DOI: https://doi.org/10.18485/iipe_ez.2022.21.77_78.26

Оriginal article
Received: 07 Mar 2022
Accepted: 06 Apr 2022


RADOJKOVIĆ ILIĆ Katarina (Правни факултет у Београду), katarina.radojkovic@ius.bg.ac.rs

The paper discusses the concept of intercultural education as one of the main objectives of European language ideology, whose main goal is to promote mutual understanding, humanistic values, and tolerance among nations. Intercultural dialogue is understood as an open and respectful exchange of views between individuals and groups with different ethnic, cultural, religious, and linguistic backgrounds and heritages, based on mutual understanding and respect. Since the Council of Europe has always been committed to creating language education policies that pay attention to the intercultural aspect of teaching, the European Union\'s education language policy is not limited to developing students\' language skills but also enabling them to engage in dialogue with other cultures and to use language in a socially and culturally adequate way. The paper presents the most important acts of the European Union and the Council of Europe, which explain the concept of interculturality and the concepts of plurilingual and intercultural education, and analyses the presence of those concepts in the language educational policy in the Republic of Serbia. The paper also presents the results of research conducted with the students of the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade in order to emphasise the importance of intercultural competence in foreign language teaching.

Keywords: EU language education policy, Council of Europe, intercultural education, plurilingualism, foreign language teaching