Intercultural Competence In and Out of the English Language Classroom [Part 1] "Intercultural communication competence: what is it made of?" [Part 2] "Unresponsiveness in the English-language classroom: the learners' perspective”

Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 2:15pm to 4:20pm
Event Speaker: 
[Pt. 1] Mahender Gakkula, Ehime University
[Pt. 2] Thomas Stones, Beo Osaka Academic Manager
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Fee for non-JALT members: 
1,000 yen
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[Part 1] Communicating in a second language comes with the challenge of understanding the cultural values of others as it is like being another self where we face concerns of identity and cultural self. For example, when we go to study abroad, we first go through culture shock but given some time, we try to cope with it. This presentation will introduce basic concepts of intercultural communication competence and also we will look at some classroom activities.
[Part 2] Unresponsiveness and silence in the English-language classroom is something which all teachers in Japan can relate to and whole-class, teacher-led stages of the lesson seem to be particularly susceptible to lengthy pauses following teacher questions or a small number of more vocal individuals answering questions. This presentation reports on questionnaire data gathered on the views of learners on a pre-master's programme towards related issues such as nominating, dominant students as well as learner self reports on reasons for unresponsiveness. The implications of the findings will be discussed as will possible solutions.

[Part 1] Gakkula Mahender Kumar is from Nizamabad, located in the South of India. He moved to Ehime three years ago after working at schools in Kyushu. His research interests are culture and loanwords. Currently he is teaching English as an assistant professor at Ehime University. He can be reached at

[Part 2] Thomas Stones teaches EAP to pre-masters students intending to study in the UK as well as IELTS preparation and pre-sessional undergraduate and postgraduate EAP courses. Research interests include language awareness and seminar speaking skills development, a subject he has published on.