A wiki platform for language and intercultural communication

Xing, Minjie ; Zou, Bin ; Wang, Dongshuo

[Xing, Minjie;Wang, Dongshuo] University of Manchester, United Kingdom.
[Zou, Bin] English Language Centre, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

Computer-Assisted Foreign Language Teaching and Learning Technological Advances

Pages:1-15

DOI:10.4018/978-1-4666-2821-2.ch001

Publication Year:2013

Document Type:BOOK

Identifier:http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12791/002346

Abstract

This chapter studies a wiki project that electronically links English students learning Business Chinese in the UK and Chinese students learning Business English in China. The focus is placed upon enhancing English/Chinese language skills and intercultural communication competence. Students' messages on the wiki illustrate that cultural values and cultural competence are important parts of business communication. The results of a questionnaire survey and a focus group interview indicate that the interaction between language learners and native speakers not only helped students improve each other's language, but also allowed them to understand the business norms and behaviours in another culture. The chapter concludes with a proposal that wikis can be a platform for enhancing language output and intercultural communication competence, if well designed and monitored. © 2013 by IGI Global. All rights reserved.

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