Departmental Bulletin Paper Intercultural Studies in the Foreign Language Classroom: Student Perspectives


40pp.61 - 69 , 2018-03-31 , Center for Education of Global Communication Foreign Language Education Division, University of Tsukuba , 筑波大学グローバルコミュニケーション教育センター外国語教育部門
Learning languages through the use of intercultural activities to more effectively learn languages is a highly topical issue in the field of Foreign Language Education. This study attempted to examine whether students were able to improve either their language skills or cultural awareness through intercultural activities, and whether intercultural group activities could be said to enhance social motivation in the language classroom. The participants in this study were the 34 students on a course held by the National University in Intercultural Communication in the 2016 Fall Semester. A questionnaire was developed to collect the data for this study. The answers received from the students indicate improvements in their language skills, cultural awareness and social motivation. Key words: language skills, culture awareness, social motivation.

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