Reflective Journaling Exploring EFL Students' Ethnocentric Perspectives through Cultural Self-inquiry

Prikhodko Maria (1)
(1) Indiana University of Pennsylvania , United States


The purpose of the study is to synthesize how reflective journal writing may facilitate English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) students with exploring their ethnocentric framing of learning activities. The paper is divided into four sections. The first contextualizes EFL students in zone of proximal development (ZPD) to be able to internalize learning activities, and challenges with mediating support of interlocutors or cultural artifacts. The second defines educational objectives for EFL students to acquire intercultural skills of interpreting their ethnocentric perspectives while studying internationally. The third reviews how reflective journaling has been utilized as a students' meaningful examination of L1/L2 learning practices across academia in order to delineate the ways through which EFL students can employ this tool. Finally, based on the research reviewed, this paper proposes some ways to encourage EFL students to implement reflective journaling for interrogating their ethnocentric standpoints in light of international educational settings.

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Prikhodko Maria, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Prikhodko Maria, a PhD student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is currently involved in the research about multilingual student writers enrolled in fist-year multilingual composition classes negotiating their language and literacy practices in line with US academic writing practices. Also, the research focuses on meaningful intercultural literate ways of meaning construction with mediating support of multiliteracies. Maria has a Master's degree in foreign philology from Kurgan State University in Russia, where her thesis was focused on overcoming cross-linguistic barriers in the process of intercultural communication (on the basis of political discourse).

Maria, P. (2014). Reflective Journaling Exploring EFL Students’ Ethnocentric Perspectives through Cultural Self-inquiry. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 14(3), 1–11.

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