64 Japanese Language Students’ Perception towards Intercultural Language Activity: A Case of TAFE Southport in Australia

Abstract— The aims of this study were to investigate Japanese language students’ perception towards intercultural language activities of TAFE Southport, Australia; and to gather additional suggestions from the respondents. The research samples were 35 Japanese students who enrolled language course in TAFE Southport, Australia in 2019-2021. Research instrument was a questionnaire. Data analysis was percentage, mean, standard deviation, and content analysis. The research findings were as follows: 1) The activity is to develop understanding of the culture construction of human behavior was the highest rank of students’ perception, followed by the activity is designed to draw upon the students’ interrelated knowledge of language and culture, and the activity is to reflect critically on individual attitudes, beliefs and values; 2) the additional suggestions were listed as follows: The integrating relationship of linguistic and cultural is significant and should be placed in curriculum design; Projects to help students experience a situation from different cultural point of view create an effective outcome; Critical comparison between different cultures such as how Australian and Japanese society deals with the same situation is interesting; and Techniques for communicating in the target language when sociolinguistic and/or grammatical competencies breakdown are recommended.


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Post Author: Keerati Thongsonkleeb