Enhancing Intercultural Communicative Competence in an Online Collaborative Assessment Environment: CEFcult project: Jacek Waliński
Enhancing Intercultural Communicative Competence in an Online Collaborative Assessment Environment: CEFcult project Jacek Waliński Abstract The CEFcult Project provides an online environment that enables self-, peer- and expert evaluation of spoken language proficiency and intercultural communicative competence in professional communication. By combining the CEFR scales for language proficiency with the INCA rating scales for intercultural competence the project has translated the concepts of linguistic competence and intercultural competence into a single assessment framework (based on Byram’s model of Intercultural Communicative Competence) that is applicable in practice through the use of operationalized scales. The project has developed a flexible collaborative assessment platform to measure and raise intercultural communicative competence through implementation of real-life scenarios based on spoken interaction typical of the modern international enterprise. Educators and professionals in intercultural communication and collaboration can contribute to the CEFcult environment with new custom scenarios and further expansion of the assessment framework. Keywords CEFcult, intercultural competence, intercultural communicative competence, assessment, oral proficiency, learning platform, CEFR, INCA, WebCEF Introduction Facing a financial crisis, baby bust, and increasing global competition, the European Union needs to implement profound changes in education, economy and society in order to cope with challenges of the present times. There is an urgent need to equip Europeans, both young and old, with increased mobility skills, initially focused on learning, but ultimately for jobs, competitiveness, cultural exchange and European citizenship. As outlined in the European Report of the High Level Expert Forum on Mobility (RHLEFM 2008) the Union needs to forge a...
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