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ERIC Number: EJ762847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8318
The Use of Culture Portfolio Project in a Korean Culture Classroom: Evaluating Stereotypes and Enhancing Cross-Cultural Awareness
Byon, Andrew Sangpil
Language, Culture and Curriculum, v20 n1 p1-19 2007
This paper investigates a case of designing, implementing, and evaluating a semester-long culture portfolio project in a Korean culture class in an American university setting. The paper addresses the following four issues: (1) How does the project help the students gain insights into a particular aspect of Korean culture and encourage them to evaluate their own stereotypical impressions of Korean culture? (2) How does the project raise students' cross-cultural awareness? (3) Does the project increase students' interest to study Korean language? (4) What are the pedagogical implications of the project? Students' written (e.g. pre- and post-project questionnaires) and spoken reports (e.g. classroom presentation) are used for qualitative analysis. The results of the analysis indicate that the project assists the students in gaining insights into a particular aspect of the Korean culture, by modifying their own stereotypical impressions of the target culture and people. The project helps the students to be aware of their own culture learning, recognise the impacts their own first language perspectives have on learning the target culture, and thereby assist them in developing open attitudes toward the target culture. In addition, the positive culture learning experience in return increases students' interest in studying the target language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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