ERIC Number: ED440530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep-20
Reference Count: N/A
Hands across the Water: A Pan-Pacific Collaborative English Language Teaching Project.
Duell, Barry; Gregory, Wayne
Journal of Tokyo International University, School of Business and Commerce, n56 p120-137 1997
This article describes a collaborative project between an English language class in Japan and one in the United States. The institutions involved were Tokyo International University (TIU), located in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan, and its branch campus, Tokyo International University of America (TIUA) in Salem, Oregon. This project created an interactive learning environment via the World Wide Web, in which Japanese students collaborated to construct an online exchange of cultural and linguistic information. The project had two phases. Phase one was a trial run of the collaborative course, and phase two built upon what was learned in phase one to create a better course. The project had three goals: (1) to provide a collaborative model for a collaborative course involving TIU and TIUA faculty and students; (2) to provide students participating in the project the opportunity to more fully refine their English language skills by transforming the traditional teacher/student dichotomy and empowering students to learn through mentoring; and (3) to explore and showcase the various ways technology, specifically the World Wide Web, can be used to create an interactive language learning environment. It was concluded that the introduction of computer and Internet skills into the course helped stimulate students to learn English. (Contains 12 references.) (KFT)
Descriptors: College Students, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperation, Cooperative Learning, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Japanese, Participative Decision Making, Program Descriptions, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tokyo International University (Japan). School of Business and Commerce.
Identifiers - Location: Japan; Oregon