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ERIC Number: ED430398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-18
Pages: 48
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Cross-Cultural Attitudes as a Goal of Language Teaching in the Global Context.
Ingram, D. E.; O'Neill, Shirley
A central goal of language education in the global context is the fostering of favorable intercultural attitudes. Most language policies and syllabuses espouse improved cross-cultural understanding and more favorable cross-cultural attitudes as central goals. The report details a study conducted in Queensland (Australia) schools concerning the effect of language learning on cross-cultural attitudes and identifying variables in the language teaching/learning process that influence cross-cultural attitudes. Data were drawn from a survey of 598 grade 10 students concerning cross-cultural attitudes and a survey of 24 teachers concerning their values in language teaching. Results indicate a generally positive student attitude toward languages but do not show a correlation between language learning and language attitudes, only suggesting that student background variables may influence attitudes. The teaching methods and class activities favored by students were those felt to be conducive to favorable cross-cultural attitudes, but were low among teacher priorities. Extensive data tables are included. Contains 68 references. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia