ERIC Number: ED532945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
If Intercultural Competence Is the Goal, What Are the Materials?
Chapelle, Carol A.
Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) (NJ3), Paper presented at the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) Intercultural Competence Conference (ICC) (Aug 2010)
Language educators argue that foreign language learning in the United States should increase students' intercultural competence (IC), which will allow them to see relationships among different cultures, mediate across cultures, and critically analyze cultures including their own. Qualitative research investigating students experiences with such cross-cultural conversations in study abroad and Internet collaborations raises questions about how well prepared students are to converse in a manner that is likely to increase their intercultural competence. To begin to explore the quality of cultural content language learners are exposed to, I examined Canadian cultural content of beginning-level French books used in the United States in view of its potential for developing intercultural competence. Findings reveal some examples of potential intercultural competence-building content, particularly pertaining to Quebecois identity and French maintenance in Canada, but also point to missed opportunities. Beginning-level French books used in the study are appended. (Contains 2 tables.) [This paper was published in: Proceedings of Intercultural Competence Conference August, 2010, Vol. 1, pp. 27-50. Funding for this paper was provided by the Faculty Research Grant Program of the Canadian Embassy and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University.]
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, French, Study Abroad, Second Language Instruction, Competence, Interpersonal Competence, Intercultural Programs, Multicultural Education, Second Language Programs, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Standards, Instructional Material Evaluation, Educational Opportunities
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Authoring Institution: Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL)
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States