South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) annual conference
November 7-9, 2014
Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel
Session Title: Assessing Intercultural Competence Via German Film
Teaching with visual media and fostering intercultural competence (ICC) are "trendy" directions in the profession of foreign language educators. Visual media (such as film, TV series, or recordings on video-sharing websites) have served as readily available and popular sources in the teaching of culture and ICC. The growing body of scholarship on ICC has generated a discourse on assessment of student learning outcomes. However, there is a dearth of effective and usable strategies for the assessment of learners' attainment of ICC through the study of film. The panel invites papers that discuss successful examples of ICC assessments and best practices in assessing students' development of ICC via German visual media. Of particular interest are papers that connect the panel's focus with the special theme of the 2014 SAMLA conference - "Sustainability and the Humanities".