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Distance learners of German and intercultural competence

Baumann, Uwe and Shelley, Monica (2006). Distance learners of German and intercultural competence. Open Learning, 21(3) pp. 191–204.

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The article describes a research project undertaken with advanced adult learners of German at a distance at The Open University, United Kingdom. Their gains in intercultural competence were investigated by looking at how far the students met the prescribed learning outcomes, their knowledge items, language skills, attitudes towards Germans and their assessment results. The findings show that this particular group of learners felt that they had achieved the different requirements of the stated learning outcomes to a surprisingly high level and demonstrated a high level of intercultural competence. In addition, these learners were able to articulate their opinions of commonly held attitudes and stereotypical views about Germans and offered reflective insights into why their personal attitudes differed in many respects from more commonly held views.
Keywords: Distance language learning; Learning outcomes; Intercultural competence

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0268-0513
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 15260
Depositing User: Uwe Baumann
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2009 11:20
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2012 10:17
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