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Assessing Intercultural Language Learning

The Dependence of Receptive Sociopragmatic Competence and Discourse Competence on Learning Opportunities and Input

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Veronika Timpe

Although Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC) has become a key objective in foreign language (FL) education, curricula offer little in how language teachers can promote ICC through language instruction. This book responds to the challenge of how intercultural language learning can be accounted for more profoundly in FL teaching. By means of innovative intercultural assessments, the author investigates the development of three language competences central to ICC in relation to learning opportunities as experienced by German learners of English. Audiovisual media were found to be a major input factor in the development of intercultural language abilities. The book ends with a discussion of how audiovisual media can be implemented in secondary and tertiary FL and teacher education.
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Appendix B: AESCT Items

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The professor says, „Actually, the other thing I was going to recommend is if you want me to look at it sometime, you can give me your cover letter.“

What is another way of saying the underlined part? Check the correct answer.

a. You need me to revise your cover letter.b. I'm willing to review your cover letter.*c. I recommend you revise your cover letter.d. I was going to review your cover letter.

The librarian at the university library says to the student entering the library, „Would you mind leaving your bag here?“

What is another way of saying the underlined part? Check the correct answer.

a. You can leave your bag here if you want.b. Your bag is too big to take inside.c. I can watch your bag while you're inside.d. You are not allowed to take your bag inside.*

The librarian says to the student, „We could check interlibrary loan if you want.“

What is another way of saying the underlined part? Check the correct answer.

a. I can see whether the book costs anything online.b. I can check if the book is available here.c. I can help you find the book through interlibrary loan.*d. You can check interlibrary loan yourself.

The professor says, „Well, if that works better, it might be possible for you to take the exam a few days later.“

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