Cross Cultural Projects To Enhance Communication

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Cross Cultural Projects To Enhance Communication

  1. 1. Cross-cultural Projects to Enhance Communication Rita Zeinstejer Rosario Argentina
  2. 2. Two environments <ul><li>blog: Sharing Learning </li></ul><ul><li>wiki: Sharing Culture </li></ul>
  3. 3. objectives <ul><li>familiarize learners with technology </li></ul><ul><li>allow them to practise English in authentic, meaningful situations </li></ul><ul><li>contact English speaking people from other countries </li></ul><ul><li>raise awareness of the importance of going global </li></ul><ul><li>help students hone the four skills </li></ul><ul><li>expand learners' cultural understanding and horizons  </li></ul>
  4. 4. wiki <ul><li>Project work with Webheads http://caeb2008.pbwiki.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>collaborative writing </li></ul><ul><li>maps </li></ul><ul><li>images </li></ul><ul><li>photos </li></ul><ul><li>audio </li></ul>
  5. 5. both allow uploading of files and photos by different users <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>structured </li></ul><ul><li>highly personal </li></ul><ul><li>focus: process </li></ul><ul><li>administered by one individual </li></ul><ul><li>editable by creator </li></ul><ul><li>chronologically organized </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>flexible </li></ul><ul><li>intensively collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>focus: content </li></ul><ul><li>open to anybody </li></ul><ul><li>editable by anyone </li></ul><ul><li>organized in innumerable ways </li></ul>
  6. 6. Project work with Webheads <ul><li>Collaborative project </li></ul><ul><li>“ What you know about the interviewee’s country </li></ul><ul><li>and what you’d like to know” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Stages of the Project <ul><li>Introduction : class discussion “ purpose of studying a second language ”. </li></ul><ul><li>Countries and teachers involved : brainstorming knowledge on different cultures, info uploaded </li></ul><ul><li>Agenda: </li></ul><ul><li>setting the rules </li></ul><ul><li>preparation: in class </li></ul><ul><li>wiki: in MM room </li></ul><ul><li>live interview </li></ul><ul><li>recordings uploaded </li></ul><ul><li>follow- up: in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>reporting: written task </li></ul>
  8. 8. What the project with ten members of WIA from nine different countries implied for my students: <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>honing listening and speaking skills </li></ul><ul><li>expanding vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>using the language in authentic situations </li></ul><ul><li>using English with native/non-native teachers of the language </li></ul><ul><li>communicating safely </li></ul><ul><li>learning about other cultures </li></ul><ul><li>boosting their self-confidence </li></ul><ul><li>raising awareness on the importance of learning English  </li></ul>
  9. 9. blog <ul><li>Classblog: http:// ritamz.ning.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Project work </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>Links for extra practice </li></ul><ul><li>Tools and apps </li></ul><ul><li>Individual blogs </li></ul>
  10. 10. Project work with students fom Korea <ul><li>Prof. Sook Whan Cho (Korea), from International Writing Exchange Projects (IWE) http://www.writeit.to/sys/ </li></ul><ul><li>essay postings </li></ul><ul><li>classblog exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>individual blogs exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>http://ritamz.ning.com/profile/HongSeongBeom </li></ul><ul><li>http://ritamz.ning.com/profile/RanHur </li></ul>
  11. 11. What the project with students from Korea implied for my students:   <ul><li>using English in authentic contexts </li></ul><ul><li>communicating safely </li></ul><ul><li>gaining cultural input </li></ul><ul><li>gaining self confidence </li></ul><ul><li>gaining new contacts </li></ul><ul><li>exposure to new experiences </li></ul><ul><li>using state-of-the-art technology </li></ul><ul><li>Essays published in our classblog on: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>international marriages : example of weddings in Japan and Korea, with photos/images </li></ul><ul><li>differences between oriental/occidental cultures: costumes, food, festivities, table manners, etiquette, art. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Students’ feedback <ul><li>http://ritamz.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1985596%3ABlogPost%3A4621 </li></ul>

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