Online-based Intercultural Interaction between Two Language Learner Groups

By:
Myonghee Kim
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This paper describes main features of an online-based intercultural learning project for two groups of college language learners in different continents. It also explores how online interactions would promote the development of intercultural communicative competence. In the field of foreign language education, there is a growing recognition of the need for an integration of language and culture learning. Along with technological development, online interaction with members of the target culture is proposed as a viable means of pursuing the two learning goals simultaneously.

In such context, an online-based intercultural learning project was developed for Korean language learners in the U.S. and English language learners in Korea. The learners would be paired and required to exchange emails for eight culture-related tasks throughout a semester.

A pilot study was conducted to examine whether the project would be logistically operable and participants' attitudes toward this type of learning. Findings of the pilot study revealed that online-based interactions offered positive experiences for enhancing intercultural communicative competence of language learners, particularly heritage language learners (i.e., those who are learning a language for its linguistic, cultural significance to themselves and their parents, for example, second generation of Korean-Americans).


Keywords: Online Interaction, Intercultural Communicative Competence, Culture Learning, Foreign Language Learning
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Online-based Intercultural Interaction between Two Language Learner Groups


Myonghee Kim

Doctoral Candidate, Language Education, Indiana University

Myonghee Kim is a doctoral candidate in Language Education at Indiana University. Currently, she teaches an online graduate course for second and foreign language teachers worldwide. Her research interests include language classroom research, teacher education, online education, and online-based intercultural interaction in language classes.


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