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Developing EFL Learners’ Intercultural Competence through Films: A Case Study of Taiwanese Junior High School Students
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Research has found that films are a good way to provide rich resources for intercultural learning. Although a number of studies were conducted in the past to explore how to use films to cultivate college students’ intercultural competence (IC), few studies have been reported on the use of films in high school students in the EFL context. Given the importance of cultivating students’ intercultural competence in this globalized world, this study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of using films on developing a group of Taiwanese junior high school students’ intercultural competence as well as their perceptions of this approach. A total of 13 students from the same elective course were recruited to participate in the study. Data were collected from the participants’ reflective diaries and interviews, which were analyzed qualitatively. The results showed that students developed their IC in three dimensions: affective, cognitive, and behavioral ones. Students also held a positive attitude towards intercultural learning through films. Finally, based on the results of this study, some suggestions for intercultural learning and teaching through films are provided.
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