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Title: Online Chatrooms for Cultural Understanding: A Task-based Approach
Authors: Hsin-chou Huang;Mark Freiermuth
Contributors: NTOU:Institute of Applied English
Keywords: Online chatrooms;Task-based instruction;Intercultural understanding
Date: 2010-03
Issue Date: 2011-10-20T07:52:53Z
Publisher: MAALLT-SEALLT 2010, Georgetown University, Washington DC, U.S.A
Abstract: abstract:This study investigates the potential role of communicative problem-solving tasks in online chatrooms towards fostering a deeper sense of cultural understanding and promoting language learning. Although culture is recognized as part of foreign language teaching, many EFL learners lack cultural knowledge due to a dearth of cultural integration in the foreign language curriculum. However, cultural knowledge is a vital aspect for most EFL learners because cultural understanding can go a long way towards demonstrating the need to become more proficient at the language being studied. The use of online chatrooms has the ability to open the doors to other cultures by providing learners with a more individualized, interpersonal and interactive environment, thus allowing EFL students to directly interact with global peers and use language for real communication purposes. In addition, well-designed communicative tasks using online chat encourage students to make inquiries into the target culture and facilitate using problem solving skills to resolve the task at hand. In this study, twenty EFL university students from Taiwan chatted online across the ocean with 23 Japanese EFL counterparts to complete a problem-solving task in small groups of three or four students. Participants’ perceptions, the process of reaching consensus in task-focused communication, and students’ patterns of communication in the online chatrooms were investigated. The data and a posttest questionnaire provided evidence that the use of online chatrooms is suitable towards increasing learners’ cultural competences as well as their communicative abilities. Such integration of online chatrooms into EFL curriculum has the potential to broaden students’ language learning experiences and cultivate cultural knowledge through understanding. In this presentation, we will provide details concerning how this research was undertaken, and demonstrate how language learning and cross-cultural understanding were
URI: http://ntour.ntou.edu.tw/handle/987654321/23028
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