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Title: Evaluating the Self and the Other: Imagined Intercultural Contact within a Native-Speaker Dependent Foreign Language Context
Authors: Rivers, Damian
Abstract: Recent research has shown that imagined intercultural contact, being based upon the adoption of principles of mental imagery and imagination, is able to elicit similar emotional, attitudinal and motivational responses as actual lived contact experiences. Furthermore, it has been noted that possessing the multiple competencies required to successfully negotiate an intercultural contact encounter with a target language speaker represents one of the most prominent sources of motivation for many foreign language learners. Therefore, situated within the context of a Japanese foreign language university which exhibits a dependency on ‘native-speaker’ English teachers from inner-circle (Kachru, 1985) countries, this paper showcases a social psychological study undertaken with 120 Japanese English language learners which sought to explore various dimensions of imagined intercultural contact via evaluations of the self and three intercultural others of different racial and ethnic appearance across two specific contact situations (positive and neutral). The outcomes are discussed in relation to underlying theories, as well as to the practical implications created for the improvement of foreign language teaching and learning practices which specifically seek to incorporate an explicit intercultural dimension.
Research Achievement Classification: 原著論文/Original Paper
Type: Journal Article
Peer Review: あり/yes
Solo/Joint Author(s): 単著/solo
Volume: 35
Number: 6
Date: 19-Oct-2011
Publisher: International Journal of Intercultural Relations
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