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ERIC Number: EJ918017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1362-1688
The Effects of the Cultural Portfolio Project on Cultural and EFL Learning in Taiwan's EFL College Classes
Su, Ya-Chen
Language Teaching Research, v15 n2 p230-252 Apr 2011
Learning about foreign language (FL) cultures is becoming an important objective in the FL curricula and national standards of different countries throughout the world. The purposes of the study were to examine the effects of the cultural portfolio project on (1) students' specific aspects of development of cultural knowledge and change in perception of native English speakers and their cultures; (2) students' self-awareness, evaluation, and modification of stereotypes toward the target cultures; and (3) students' change in perception of and attitude toward cultural learning. Data were collected through students' cultural portfolio projects, pre- and post-questionnaires, classroom observation, and interviews. Results indicated that instead of memorizing cultural facts, students experienced an active process of constructing knowledge. Most students commented that their views toward native-English-speaking cultures and language learning had been changed after completing the cultural portfolio project, for instance by moving from an ethnocentric view to respect cultural differences, becoming more aware of diversity within culture, and understanding that the media presents the surface culture of native-English-speaking countries. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan