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Reconsidering Interculturality in Online Language Education

Reconsidering Interculturality in Online Language Education
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Author(s): Ana Kanareva-Dimitrovska (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 34
Source title: Multicultural Instructional Design: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9279-2.ch007

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Abstract

This chapter considers interculturality in language education using the example of online intercultural exchanges between Danish and francophone university students. The focus is on an intercultural approach in foreign language education that stands apart from the perspective that emphasizes “facts” about a “target culture.” The approach consists of the co-construction of intercultural competences by students in online interactions. The methodology of tracing evidence of intercultural competences in online interactions is questioned, in the sense that the author seeks the complementarity of different processes to trace manifestations of intercultural competences in online pedagogical interactions. This contributes to the description and evaluation of intercultural competences as a complex construct in the field of intercultural education.

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