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A Survey on Freshmen’s Perception of Biblical Knowledge in Intercultural Communication

Author(s): Fengjuan Zhang

Journal: International Journal of English Linguistics
ISSN 1923-869X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 6;
Date: 2012;
Original page

To date, research on the Bible is mainly confined to literature review or argumentation. This article attempts to get a general idea of learners’ conception of biblical culture in developing intercultural communicative competence (hereafter referred to as ICC), as well as the current situation of their biblical knowledge. Data analyses in the survey have reported evidence for the positive and upward tendency among the respondents, indicating much interest and willingness to spend more extracurricular time in learning English. This survey also shows that most respondents agreed to the important role of western culture, but they did not fully perceive the important role of biblical knowledge in learning the English language. In addition, data analysis has led to the conclusion that respondents had grasped less biblical knowledge than expected. This explains the possibility and necessity to promote this positive situation. Then, some pedagogical improvements were addressed on how to affect teaching practice by integrating biblical knowledge into teaching materials.
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