Intercultural Language Learning through Video Production

30 MINUTES OF SYNCHRONOUS CHAT WILL BEGIN AT 10:30AM (MST) TUESDAY OCT. 4 USING THE EMBEDDED TLK.IO WIDGET ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN (PLEASE LOOK FOR THE BLUE BAR TITLED L2DLAZCALL2016).

Nayara Nunes Salbego & Denise M. Osborne, Federal Institute of Santa Catarina

Click the video frame above to view the presentation. To ask the presenters a question about their presentation, please add a comment at the bottom of this page between October 3 and October 8. Presenters will check for and reply to questions each symposium day.

Abstract

This project involves the exchange of intercultural video productions among learners of Portuguese in the U.S.A and learners of English in Brazil. The goal is to provide learners opportunities for intercultural exploration as part of their intercultural language learning. In this project, learners focus on the little “c” (Seelye, 1984) (e.g., shared knowledge that is subjective, not so obvious, hidden, unconscious), and are free to create and use their imagination. Learners narrate in their respective target languages as they show aspects of their own culture to the target audience. They present their videos in class and watch the videos produced by the learners in the corresponding country. They also provide feedback to their peers in the other country.

Discussions focus on the understanding of aspects of the target culture and of their own culture, as well as the various ways of being and doing. Learners analyse and reflect upon the feedback received. In this presentation, we will talk about the steps (including preparation, production, evaluation, feedback) and show some samples of learners’ work. A survey was conducted in order to evaluate the response of the learners toward this project. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Among the outcomes, critical reflection also becomes a powerful tool in helping learners understand and appreciate the target culture as well as their own culture.

Presenters
Nayara Nunes Salbego

Doctoral Candidate
Federal Institute of Santa Catarina – Brazil

nayara.salbego@yahoo.com.br

Denise M. Osborne

University at Albany, SUNY

8 thoughts on “Intercultural Language Learning through Video Production”

  1. Thank you for sharing this project. I’m really inspired by how the video production project creates opportunities for organic discussions about language and culture among students.

  2. Hello Nayara and Denise. I’m really pleased to see some best practices using TIC’s for Language Acquisition. I really loove what you are doing and I’ve noticed how distance is not a disadvantage anymore with new technologies. It’s amazing to see how learning a language is such a dynamic and creative when language teachers like you develop great projects like this. You’ve actally motivated me to implement this activity in my class with my students. It would be wonderful that I could find a grouo of students in another part or the world to share videos and receive feedback from them, wouldn’t it? Well, congratulations for this fantastic presentation and your hard work. Greetings from Mexico.

    1. Dear Ricardo.
      Thank you for your kind words. I am sure your students will love to participate in a project like this. What language do you teach? Abraços,

  3. Thank you for sharing this great project which can definitely help FL learners to boost their intercultural competence. Such projects should be included in FL curricula with its variations at different levels. I wonder if you or the students had any challanges in the project from the pre-task to the post-task phases. Obrigado!

  4. Thank you, Nayara and Denise, for sharing this great project which can definitely help for developing intercultural competence. Such projects should be included in FL curricula with its variations at different levels. I wonder if you or the students had any challenges from the pre-task to the post-task phases. Could you also share the FB template that the students used? It is not readable in the presentation. Obrigado!

  5. Hi, Mehtap.
    I think the biggest challenge might have been to coordinate the schedule between the two classes in the two countries. Nayara has been a great partner and we have managed the schedule pretty well. Thank you for your commentary. Abraços.

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