ERIC Number: EJ1084791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Matching Linguistic and Pedagogical Objectives in a Telecollaboration Project: A Case Study
Bueno-Alastuey, M. C.; Kleban, M.
Computer Assisted Language Learning, v29 n1 p148-166 2016
This article attempts to analyse to what extent a distance collaboration project between two groups of university students sharing the same lingua franca (English), but with different course educational objectives can benefit its participants. We build on the knowledge gleaned from previous studies of second language telecollaboration which point to the advantages of such projects with regard to linguistic skills development, enhanced intercultural awareness, motivation and improved teaching skills as well as to constraints such as classroom, socio-institutional and interaction issues. Our article examines to what degree the different aims set up for two groups of English language teacher trainees and the design and implementation of the project influenced the perceptions of each group (Spanish B1 level students focusing on language development and Polish C1 level students concentrating on developing their pedagogical skills with technology) collaborating together to complete tasks using their L2 as a lingua franca. The results indicate that telecollaboration projects for groups with different course objectives offer a number of advantages, but may not benefit all participants to the same extent.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Second Language Learning, College Students, Educational Objectives, Spanish, Polish, Cooperative Learning, Intercultural Communication, Cultural Awareness, Teaching Skills, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods, Computer Mediated Communication, Foreign Countries, Pilot Projects, Mixed Methods Research, Likert Scales, Video Technology, Online Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Poland; Spain
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