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Assessing Intercultural Language Learning

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


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 C: Sample Role-Play Script (Beer Pong)


A: Hello?

S: Hello, this is…. I wanted to call you back. / You left a message on my voicemail/ You said something about a party?

A: Yeah, my friend John is having a Party on Friday night. It’s at the frat house on Ivy Road. I thought this would be a good opportunity to get together so we could meet in person. What do you think?

S: Yes, that sounds like fun.


S: No, I don’t like parties.

A: Yeah, it will be. John already set upthe beer pong table.Are you into beer pong?

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