Wednesday 15 May
P R E S E N T A T I O N
“Practicing Mediation Activities for Developing Intercultural Competence“,
Ms. Fatma Nur Kabay, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
Ms. Celile Ökten, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
Place: Room F306
Time: 10.30 – 11.15
Description: This study aims to create curiosity about literary texts in order to be able to understand cultural aspects of language. The participatory action research was conducted with B1 level students from international high school in Istanbul. Due to university entrance exam, they need to develop their reading comprehension skill through literature course. Regarding to this need, theoretical framework was based on intuitive text simplifying criteria including CEFR mediation and plurilingual standards. Mediating a literary text, mediating concepts and mediating communication were taken into account while planning activities. For mediating a text, text simplification for B1 level, was adapted for developing linguistic competence. Mediating concepts is closely related to sociolinguistic competence, and helps to explore cultural usages of target language in fashion, cuisine, local traditions and multiculturalness-minorities. Finally, mediating communication provides pragmatic competence through real life situations and tasks like internet shopping, following daily news through critical/humorous websites, etc.