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ERIC Number: EJ852271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
Cross-Cultural Attitudes among Language Students in Australia and Japan
Ingram, David; Kono, Minoru; Sasaki, Masako; Tateyama, Erina; O'Neill, Shiley
Babel, v39 n1 p11-14, 16-19, 38 Win 2004
The most central aims of language teaching are the development of language proficiency, the development of cultural knowledge and intercultural understanding, and the fostering of positive cross-cultural attitudes. The authors have examined the relationships between language learning and cross-cultural attitudes in projects in Australia (reported at an earlier National Languages Conference) and, in 2002, in Japan. This paper briefly summarises the findings of two earlier Australian studies focusing on student attitudes to the teaching of culture, one quite recent and the other two decades ago. This is followed by discussion of teacher attitudes in an area of Japan. This paper seeks to emphasise the importance of seeing the development of positive cross-cultural attitudes as vital goals in language learning programs.
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Japan