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Cross-cultural language learning and web design complexity

By Ji Yong Park


Accepting the fact that culture and language are interrelated in second language learning (SLL), the web sites should be designed to integrate with the cultural aspects. Yet many SLL web sites fail to integrate with the cultural aspects and/or focus on language acquisition only. This study identified three issues: \ud \ud (1) anthropologists’ cultural models mostly adopted in cross-cultural web user interface have been superficially used; \ud (2) web designers deal with culture as a fixed one which needs to be modeled into interface design elements, so \ud (3) there is a need for a communication framework between educators and design practitioners, which can be utilized in web design processes. \ud \ud This paper discusses what anthropology can contribute to language learning, mediated through web design processes and suggests a cultural user experience framework for web-based SLL by presenting an exemplary matrix. To evaluate the effectiveness of the framework, the key stakeholders (learners, teachers, and designers) participated in a case scenario-based evaluation. The result shows a high possibility that the framework can enhance the effective communication and collaboration for the cultural integration

Topics: 120304 Digital and Interaction Design, 130306 Educational Technology and Computing, 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified, 209900 OTHER LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE, cultural integration, cultural usability, second language learning, user interface, web based language learning
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1080/10494820.2012.745427
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:55542

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