Cultura Questionnaires

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This well-known task for online intercultural exchange uses comes from the Cultura exchange project.

 

This task involves the juxtaposing of questionnaire results from the two different cultures together on web pages in order to offer a comparative approach to investigating cultural difference. 

 

When using Cultura, language learners from two cultures (for example, Spanish learners of English and American learners of Spanish) complete online questionnaires related to their cultural values and associations.  These questionnaires can be based on word associations (e.g. What 3 words do you associate with the word ‘Spain?), sentence completions (e.g. A good citizen is someone who . . .) or reactions to situations (e.g. Your friend in 22 and is still living with his parents. What do you say to him/her? ). (See an example of one of the juxtaposed questionnaires in the attachment below.)

 

Each group fills out the questionnaire in their native language. Following this, the results from both sets of students are then compiled and presented online. Under the guidance of their teachers in contact classes, students then analyse the juxtaposed lists in order to find differences and similarities between the two groups’ responses. Following this analysis, students from both countries meet in online message boards to discuss their findings and to explore the cultural values and beliefs which may lie behind the differences in the lists.

 

In addition to the questionnaires, learners are also supplied with online resources such as opinion polls and press articles from the two cultures which can support them in their investigation and understanding of their partner class’ responses. 

Institution reporting the task: 
Language of task instructions: 
English
Target Group : 
Students of humanities (eg arts, history, media)
Level: 
B1
References and acknowledgements: 
http://llt.msu.edu/vol5num1/furstenberg/default.html
AttachmentSize
PDF icon cultura fig.pdf31.67 KB
Task Type: 
Comparison & analysis
Estimated Duration: 
4 sessions
Topic: 
Different aspects of national culture
Tags: 
blended learning
Acknowledgements: 

The Cultura concept has been reproduced in many different contexts. However, the original idea came from Gilberte Furstenberg (gfursten@mit.edu), Sabine Levet (slevet@mit.edu) and Shoggy Waryn (shoggy@brown.edu) at MIT. You can read more about Cultura on their platform.

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