CALICO 2013 will take place in Hawaii, May 21-25. Olimpia Pérez-Broncano and I will be presenting:

Intercultural Competence Development in FL Online Forums: What Does the Learners’ Discourse Really Tell Us?

  • Scheduled time: 5/23/13 at 1:15
  • Building/Room: Pacific Room

This study examines the extent to which learners’ discursive practices hinder or facilitate intercultural competence while participating in an online discussion interaction. This study explores the following questions:

  1. What discourse practices are utilized to pass judgment and associate emotional/effectual responses towards both the L1 and L2?
  2. How do learners position themselves towards different intercultural perspectives?

Twenty students from one intact class over three-week periods. Data from the learners’ forum discourses were content-analyzed using a modified version of Appraisal Theory (Martin & White, 2005) to examine discourse markers that facilitated or hindered intercultural communication.


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