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ERIC Number: EJ1102729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2324-805X
Improvisation of Real-Life Scenarios through Intercultural Competence
Okten, Celile Eren; Griffin, Banu Ozer
Journal of Education and Training Studies, v4 n7 p226-234 Jul 2016
This paper describes tasks based on real-life scenarios, which triggered reflective thinking, verbalization, and writing, leading to the creation of natural dialogues rather than artificial, dull monologues. One of the main aims of this approach is to engage students in a dynamic process of both learning about multicultural participants and presenting themselves. Data were collected from 30 students at a state university's Turkish and Foreign Languages Centre. Writing tasks were compiled through a classroom activity called "From Culture to Culture" (Kulturden Kulture), which invited students to conduct speaking and writing tasks while connecting their cultures with Turkish culture, utilizing intercultural competence's three components: knowledge, attitude and skill. Byram's (1997) multidimensional model of intercultural competence provided the theoretical framework for evaluation of intercultural competence expressed in students' reflective writing samples and oral presentations. Action research was conducted to promote more effective communicative styles in a multicultural classroom. Performance data were analyzed inductively, as each activity was adapted into a real-life scenario to study intercultural competence. Consequently, the real-life scenarios were categorized as knowledge, attitude and skill components in order to develop the flexibility and adaptability of the language learning process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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