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Eric Hagley

Virtual Exchange and telecollaboration in language courses using Moodle

Content Type: Online Teaching and Course Creation

Language: English

Description of Presentation

Language educators need to promote cultural understanding and improve the language skills of their charges. Virtual Exchange (VE) is a powerful means to bring those goals to fruition. The European Commission co-financed INTENT project defines VE as technology-enabled, sustained, people to people education programs between geographically distant groups of students where online intercultural exchange, interaction and collaboration with peers occurs, under the guidance of educators and/or expert facilitators. Students in English as a foreign language classrooms often have few opportunities to physically interact with other users of English. VE gives them virtual mobility, enabling them to participate in a global community. In this presentation the author introduces a large scale VE which includes over 1500 students from Colombia, China, Japan, Thailand, the UAE and Taiwan. Students interacted online in English as a lingua franca. Exchanges were carried out over 8 week periods using Moodle. Communities were created using Moodle's group function and a variety of online communication took place. The importance of inter-cultural communication became apparent to participants. Outcomes from the project, sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, will be outlined using data gained from pre and post tests, text analysis and student feedback. The data shows VE increased both the volume of language input and production and improved the cultural competence of participants, which resulted in better communication ability when compared to students who didn't participate. The VE outlined is open to EFL language teachers and their students taking place twice a year.

Added: Thursday, 12 May 2016, 1:27 PM
Last Modified: Thursday, 12 May 2016, 1:27 PM

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