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ERIC Number: EJ848008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0742-7778
An Empirical Investigation of whether Authentic Web Sites Facilitate Intermediate-Level French Language Students' Ability to Learn Culture
Dubreil, Sebastien; Herron, Carol; Cole, Steven P.
CALICO Journal, v22 n1 p41-61 Sep 2004
This investigation examined the effects of authentic Francophone web sites on cultural learning at the intermediate level. Fifty-four students "surfed" eight web sites. A pre-posttest design assessed long-term gains in culture and the learning of practices, products, and perspectives from exposure to a curriculum with Internet activities. Eight posttask tests measured the students' ability to retain information and to make inferences. A questionnaire assessed perceptions of learning. Results indicated a significant gain in cultural knowledge with posttest scores significantly higher than pretest scores. Students learned significantly more products than practices over the semester. On the short-answer and free-recall portions of the posttask tests, students' ability to make inferences or retain information did not improve significantly in either an advance organizer (AO) or a non-AO condition. The students believed that the web sites featured significantly more cultural products than practices. Results support using the Internet to teach culture and its potential to emphasize cultural products. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A