BUILDING CULTURAL BRIDGES THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS: A CASE STUDY

  • Reima Saado Aljarf King Saud University

Abstract

An English teacher uses Skype to connect his high school students in an Indian village with international teachers to help them interact and converse with them in English. Each international teacher interacts with the students in English once for 40 minutes. The teacher does that daily, and each day an international guest teacher is from a different country. The aims of this study are to report the effects of this kind of intercultural exchange on students’ English language skill development and cultural and global awareness. Results showed many benefits for the students: Listening and speaking skill enhancement, getting used to different native and non-native accents, improved pronunciation, and learning new vocabulary and grammatical structures. The students also learn names of countries, their location, flags, currency, cities, people, and exchange information and pictures about the local and target cultures. They learn about the foreign country’s educational system, history, antiquities, food, art, traditions, and costumes. They are taken on virtual field trips to some historical places and museums. They learn about natural phenomena such as the northern lights. Sometimes they receive books, T-shirts and pens as gifts from foreign teachers. Shortcomings of such intercultural exchange and suggestions for improvement are given.
Published
2020-12-28
How to Cite
ALJARF, Reima Saado. BUILDING CULTURAL BRIDGES THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS: A CASE STUDY. Global Trends and Values in Education, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 81-106, dec. 2020. Available at: <https://journals.sdu.edu.kz/index.php/gtve/article/view/281>. Date accessed: 07 mar. 2021.