Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Language, Education, Innovation 2016

Intercultural, Interreligious Harmony, a Dream to Achieve; An Investigatory Review on the Notion of Intercultural Communication in Communicative Pedagogy in Pakistan

Shabana Tunio, Jafre Zainol Abidin & Shaik Abdul Malik Mohamed Ismail

School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia


In recent era when world is facing political, cultural, social and religious divergence, the notion of intercultural-social seems to be an essential element of education. Especially, in the countries like Pakistan which are multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi religious, encompassing different social strata in it. Pakistan is a state comprised of different nationalities with different cultures, different languages & different religions. It is the need of time for such countries to take major steps towards maintenance of intercultural harmony. This can be achieved if since the beginning, we train & educate our children with intercultural communication. This gap in communicative pedagogy was found during a doctoral study in field of communicative competence. It was observed that in most of the institutions of Pakistan, the pedagogy of communicative skills lacks the practice and training of intercultural communication, the notion that can bring the tolerance and harmony in the society. The researcher has tried to highlight the importance of the notion in curriculum and syllabus of Pakistan in light of the few recent incidents in the country.


Intercultural Communication, Communicative Pedagogy, Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Cultural.

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