ICT-based Visualization for Language and Culture Mediation Skills Training: Addressing Societal Needs
The paper explores the potential of ICT-based visual resources for developing non-language students' skills in the area of language and culture mediation in domain specific area. The legal administrative settings are taken as an example. The paper integrates the previous research findings regarding the visualization role in education and latest developments in the field under study. The research framework maps the concepts of visualization and cross-cultural mediation within the educational environment that is supposed to meet the multicultural society needs and challenges. The paper highlights qualitative analysis findings regarding the students' use of visual resources with the view to their academic progress and professional development. The paper argues the ICT-based visualization in training language and culture mediation skills could facilitate information processing and domain specific knowledge acquisition in a foreign language$ the relevant resources use could enhance students' professional background, their abilities to meet the labor market requirements regarding applied and research-focused task. The paper provides the relevant literature analysis, a detailed description of the research methodology, and commentary students' pilot training outcomes, including the data of cluster and factor types of analysis and students' survey results. (C) 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.