Author

Ebtesam Orabi

Abstract

Culture represents a very important element of foreign and second language education. Teaching culture in language classroom has attracted many teachers and researchers. However, there are currently very few assessment instruments for measuring the outcome of cultural teaching. The proposed study aims at developing a measurement to assess the cultural competence of learners of Arabic as a second language who have studied in Egypt. In order to determine the cultural characteristics that should be mastered by the students of Arabic as a second language, ALI teachers were interviewed to gather information about the way they integrate culture in their teaching program. In addition ALI teachers and students were interviewed to collect data to collect the required data for designing and developing the measurement. Data collected about situations of miscommunication and conflict between foreigners and Egyptians during their cross-cultural encounters as perceived by foreign students and Egyptian teachers, reflect students’ and teachers’ perception of cultural differences between Egyptian culture and the students’ own culture. Results of administrating this measure to ALI and CASA students are presented. This measurement may be useful to educators who wish to assess students’ cultural competence.

Date of Award

6-1-2008

Online Submission Date

February 2013

First Advisor

Perry, Fred

Committee Member 1

Taha, Zeinab

Committee Member 2

Abu-Essuod, Dalaal

Document Type

Thesis

Extent

338 p.

Rights

The author retains all rights with regard to copyright. The author certifies that written permission from the owner(s) of third-party copyrighted matter included in the thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study has been obtained. The author further certifies that IRB approval has been obtained for this thesis, or that IRB approval is not necessary for this thesis. Insofar as this thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study is an educational record as defined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 USC 1232g), the author has granted consent to disclosure of it to anyone who requests a copy. The author has granted the American University in Cairo or its agents a non-exclusive license to archive this thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study, and to make it accessible, in whole or in part, in all forms of media, now or hereafter known.

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