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French Culture

Amy Ogan, Christopher Jones, Vincent Aleven



Forthcoming, but will probably include

  • Culture

Research question

How is robust learning of cultural competence affected by attention-focusing techniques in authentic video materials?

Background and Significance

Independent variables


Drawing students’ attention to moments that highlight a noteworthy cultural attribute in narrative excerpts helps students reason deeper about culture, even without providing interpretation

Dependent variables

  • Near transfer, immediate:

The analytical post-test questions that comprised the second main type of assessment were developed with the help of a French citizen and language instructor through a component analysis of the cultural elements in the film clips. Cultural elements in the film were decomposed into a hierarchy that covered the main concepts in the theme. Each element was then formed into a question requiring cultural analysis that was situated within the context of the film.

  • Far transfer, immediate:



Annotated bibliography