Telecollaboration, intercultural communication and foreign language learning

Presentation (in German) at the GMF Bundeskongress Fremdsprachen, Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, 25.-27. September 2014

“Telecollaboration, intercultural communication and foreign language learning”
[Telekollaboration, interkulturelle Kommunikation und Fremdsprachenlernen]

Petra Hoffstaedter und Kurt Kohn
Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Sprachlernmedien


Our presentation draws on experiences and insights from the EU project TILA: “Telecollaboration for Intercultural Language Acquisition” ( TILA undertakes to design, implement and evaluate intercultural telecollaboration tasks that facilitate oral and written communication between secondary school foreign language learners from different European countries and cultures. All task development is firmly embedded in everyday teaching and learning contexts and is carried out in close collaboration among schools, teachers, pupils and researchers. In keeping with an overall blended learning approach and guided by local pedagogical preferences and technological availabilities, TILA tasks and task ensembles make use of different pedagogical environments and technological media from face-to-face in class to independent work at home to synchronous and asynchronous interaction in the web. Oral synchronous communication takes place in the 3D virtual world of OpenSim and on the videoconferencing platform BigBlueButton. Written communication is supported by forum, wiki, or blog tools. Pedagogical language constellations include tandem and lingua franca. In our presentation, we describe and discuss task development, implementation and assessment in the TILA project. We use examples of best practice to illustrate challenges encountered and solutions found.

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