Achieving cultural acquiescence through foreign language e-learning

Indi Marie Williams, Heather N. Warren, Bolanle A. Olaniran

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Abstract

Within a globalized society, foreign language acquisition is essential to promote intercultural global communication. For many, the use of information communication technologies (ICTs) to teach a foreign language is the easiest way to accomplish this task. However, it is important to consider the cultural implications of foreign language e-learning, and to answer the question: Can culture effectively be transmitted through ICT? To investigate the transmission of culture through ICT, this chapter examines language codes, culture and cross-cultural challenges to communication. Afterward, two commonly used and easily accessible ICTs, the Rosetta Stone and MyLanguageExchange.com, are evaluated for their cognitive development and cultural sensitivity. The chapter will conclude with implications and recommendations to enhance cultural awareness for teachers and students utilizing ICT for foreign language learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning Culture and Language through ICTs
Subtitle of host publicationMethods for Enhanced Instruction
PublisherIGI-Global
Pages88-102
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781605661667
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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Williams, I. M., Warren, H. N., & Olaniran, B. A. (2009). Achieving cultural acquiescence through foreign language e-learning. In Learning Culture and Language through ICTs: Methods for Enhanced Instruction (pp. 88-102). IGI-Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60566-166-7.ch006