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CALL for Openness

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Edited By Mariusz Marczak and Jarosław Krajka

This volume explores multiple dimensions of openness in ICT-enhanced education. The chapters, contributed by researchers and academic teachers, present a number of exemplary solutions in the area. They involve the use of open source software, innovative technologies, teaching/learning methods and techniques, as well as examine potential benefits for both teachers' and students' cognitive, behavioural and metacognitive development.

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Promoting Self-reflection in Assessment of Intercultural Communicative Competence in Professional Contexts via the Web (Przemysław Krakowian)

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Przemysław Krakowian

University of Łódź, Łódź, Poland

Promoting Self-reflection in Assessment of Intercultural Communicative Competence in Professional Contexts via the Web

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All across the globe, with but a few notable exceptions, we live in speaking-dominated cultures, where expression is considered paramount to communication. So, what makes a good speaker and communicator? What is communicative language ability? What is communicative competence in another language and how does culture motivate communication? Developing language skills for international communication is increasingly perceived as insufficient when viewed in traditional terms of communicative competence. Communication in international, multi-cultural professional settings, or as it is now referred to, intercultural professional communication, does not merely rely on language skills, but to a large extent on the ability to recognise, appreciate and deal with differences in which members of different cultures communicate. With this idea in mind, a European project CEFcult, amongst other deliverables, developed a sustainable online platform geared towards honing the competences involved by providing authentic scenarios, validated assessment frameworks and a community of like-minded people with a view to promoting awareness and self-reflection when dealing with communication involving members of other cultures.

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