A Language and Communication Needs Analysis in Intercultural Education

By Ifigenia Kofou and Sofia D. Anastasiadou.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Education

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The Council of Europe in the '70s tried to serve the interests of increased European understanding, co-operation and mobility by improving and broadening the learning of modern languages. This entailed: making generally available the basic conceptual tools for the planning, construction and conduct of learning programmes closely geared to the needs, motivations and characteristics of the learner. It also entailed enabling him to steer and control his own progress by providing a framework for close and effective international co-operation for language learning and developing systematic procedures for: i) identification of target audiences and the analysis of needs, motivations, learner characteristics and resources; ii) specification of communication objectives; iii) the devising of methods and materials appropriate to different classes and types of learners; and iv) the evaluation of learning systems and of the achievement and proficiency of learners. On this basis, the aim of the research, which was conducted in one of the two intercultural high schools in Thessaloniki in April 2011, is to examine the differences between foreign and native secondary students as regards their language and communication needs in English by means of t-tests and ANOVA. In addition, this paper will examine the extent to which students’ age, sex, grade, country of origin, and length of stay in Greece influence the above needs. This comparison will reveal the differences in the students’ views and needs so that the appropriate teaching material, used or planned, will contribute to the convergence and covering of these needs.

Keywords: Intercultural Education, Needs Analysis, Language, Communication, Planning

The International Journal of Diversity in Education, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp.15-65. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.203MB).

Dr. Ifigenia Kofou

PhD Candidate, French Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Ifigenia Kofou is a PhD candidate in language teaching and language communication at the School of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds an MA in the sciences of language and communication at the new economic environment, and is a graduate of the English Department of the School of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She works as an EL teacher in secondary education in Greece, has been a board member of the Secondary Education EL Teachers Association of Northern Greece and has taken part in plenty of ELT training programmes and seminars. Her interests include distance learning, the use of information and communication technologies, and innovation in education.

Dr. Sofia D. Anastasiadou

Assosiate professor, Department of Preeschool Education, University of Western Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, Greece

Sofia Anastasiadou holds a BSc from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, a Master degree in Mathematics Education from Surrey University of Kingston in Great Bretagne. She has obtained her Ph.D in Multidimetional Statistical Analysis at the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics and Educational Research in the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. Apart form Statistics and Mathematics Education in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education her research interests are also focused in the Analysis and Interpretation of Multivariate Data for Social Science. Sofia Anastasiadou has published more than 120 papers in Greek, European and International Scientific Journals.