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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 D: Skype Role-Play Tasks

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Task 1

Please, read through all instructions on this page.

You are an exchange student in the United States. Today is Friday, the last day of classes. You have a lot of final papers to write for different classes. Among them, one paper for the Introduction to Political Science, a class that was taught in a lecture-format by Dr. Jones. Given that the class was attended by over 200 students, you have not met Dr. Jones in person yet. The paper is due next Monday, but you will not be able to submit it in time because you have two other papers to finish before that. However, the grade is important for you.

Sie sind Austauschstudent in den USA. Es ist der letzte Freitag in der Vorlesungszeit und Sie haben viele Hausarbeiten zu schreiben, u.a. eine im Rahmen der Vorlesung Einführung in die Politikwissenschaft von Prof. Jones. Da die Veranstaltung mit 200 Studierenden sehr groß ist, haben Sie Prof. Jones zuvor noch nicht persönlich kennen gelernt. Die Frist für die Hausarbeit ist der kommende Montag. Sie werden es auf keinen Fall schaffen die Hausarbeit fristgerecht einzureichen, da Sie gerade noch zwei andere Hausarbeiten schreiben. Die Note ist jedoch für Sie wichtig.



Task: Give Dr. Jones a call. Try to convince her to give you an extension until Friday.

Task: Rufen Sie Prof. Jones an und versuchen Sie sie davon zu überzeugen, Ihnen bis Freitag...

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