Intercultural Rhetoric

The journal of second language writing: “What we need and don’t need intercultural rhetoric for:
 A retrospective and prospective look at an evolving research area” Diane Belcher

This article presents the history of contrastive rhetoric/ intercultural rhetoric and its growth as a field of study. The main question is what the title of the article suggests: where we can use intercultural rhetoric and for what. Starting from Kaplan’s idea that suggests that different contexts, languages, and cultures have different rhetoric to newer and complementary definitions of terms such as culture. It also provides a progression of the field in a way to see how it helped us in research and how it can continue to do so.

In talking about diversity in the classroom, I believe that looking into intercultural rhetoric helps us understand our L2 Writers better. Not only does Intercultural Rhetoric allow us to realize there are different Rhetorics but it also gives us a chance to realize what our students come with so we can have an inclusive class. The article suggests that utilizing IR to challenge concepts and absolutes would be beneficial.

This article helps inform the topic of diversity in the classroom. It contributes in adding to the repertoire of tools that can help a teacher understand students’ backgrounds in writing. This article serves as an informative piece about IR by defining its origins and critically presenting its benefits in our research and practice in writing studies.


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