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Main presenter
Dr. Eiko UJITANI
Affiliation
Nagoya University of Foreign Studies Aichi Japan
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Presentation title
Impact of Online Intercultural Interactions with Filipino Students in Intercultural Communication Seminar
Presentation abstract
Intercultural interactions have been mainly implemented in study abroad programs and researchers report the positive impact on the development of students’ intercultural competency (Jackson, 2008; Nakagawa 2009). However, students who could receive the benefits of international learning have been limited due to financial issues. The spread of the pandemic restricted international mobility, but it provided opportunities for these students to acquire intercultural communication competence through virtual exchange. Online intercultural interactions took place in my weekly intercultural communication seminar for the first semester of 2021. 15 Japanese students and 9 Filipino interns at a non-profit organization in the Philippines attended an intercultural communication class instructed in English and engaged in discussion activities in culturally mixed groups. As a final project, students were required to conduct a survey with Filipino members of the group and did collaborative slide presentations about cultural similarities and differences in our last class. In order to assess the impact of this online collaborative learning on the development of students’ intercultural competence, a semantic differential scale about the image of Filipino people (Aikawa, 2007) was administered before and after the course. The post survey included additional questions related to learner’s belief of English (Ke & Cahyani, 2014) and open-ended questions about their discoveries and transformation. While both Japanese and Filipino students participated in the online project, the presentation mainly focuses on the data collected from Japanese students since the study was conducted by the author working in Japan. The results showed that students gained deeper understanding about Filipino culture and their image about Filipinos has become positive. They also acquired intercultural competence such as a willingness to communicate, a shift in perspectives, and respecting the opposite culture. In this presentation, suggestions for implementing successful virtual exchanges will be also offered.
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virtual exchange, intercultural competence, intercultural interactions
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Intercultural studies
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Submitted: Friday, 30 July 2021, 12:47 PM
Modified: Thursday, 9 September 2021, 3:34 PM
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