Reel Life Methodology Developing intercultural competence through film fragments and dialogue in South Africa

Eva Lambertsson Björk (1) , Jutta Eschenbach (2) , Lynette Webb (3)
(1) Østfold University College , Norway
(2) Østfold University College , Norway
(3) Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University , South Africa


South Africa is a multicultural country; however, the politics of the past have resulted in teachers from diverse cultures being ignorant of the mores of others with whom they interact. Teachers thus risk transferring preconceived knowledge and attitudes into the classroom. The aim of this study was to explore to what extent the methodology of Reel Life can promote the development of intercultural competence among South African teachers. Film fragments were used to stimulate intercultural dialogue, and an environment was created in which teachers from different cultures could share their culture knowledge and begin to develop intercultural competence. Our results show that the teachers were able to shift their frames of reference in a movement between ethnic positions and a shared perspective of them all being South African.

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Eva Lambertsson Björk
(Primary Contact)
Jutta Eschenbach
Lynette Webb
Björk, E. L., Eschenbach, J., & Webb, L. (2017). Reel Life Methodology Developing intercultural competence through film fragments and dialogue in South Africa. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 17(2), 1–15.

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