An Intercultural Business  ExchangeBesiG Preston, June 2011<br />FranceCate EvansClaudia Brosnahan<br />GermanyRegina Brau...
An Intercultural Business  Exchange<br />AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />2<br /><ul><li>Communicatingwith L2 speak...
Creatingvideo clips of student life
Exchanging the clips
Online collaboration
Videoconference</li></li></ul><li>Who are we?<br />ENSCBP Bordeaux<br />HBRS Bonn<br />AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<...
Bonn<br /><ul><li>French Engineering school</li></ul>AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />4<br />Who are we?<br />Borde...
M.Sc. Chemistry/Physics/Food         science.
B.A. and B.Sc. in Business</li></ul>German/English<br /><ul><li>Professional and Scientific English
Intercultural Communication and Business English
Multimediaenvironment
Multimediaenvironment</li></li></ul><li>Whatwerewetrying to achieve?<br />AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />5<br /><...
To provide real world communication
To import digital technologyinside the classroom
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This is a ppt of a presentation given as part of the BESIG Summer Symposium at UCLAN Preston, June 2011. It details an exchange using digital technology between two universities, one in Bordeaux (ENSCBP) one in Bonn (HBRS).

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  • ENSCBP. Claudia/CateStudentsbelong to the socalled ‘elite’ French system; Very intense Twoyearsadvanced math and science classes to beacceptedinto the system for moststudents. Verycompetitive. Our job: Cultivating a positive attitude towards learning at a point where the  learners may have reached a saturation point. Students in the project are around the C1 level in theory but for real communicative purposes they are more B2. Focus in France is not on production but on comprehension and usually of texts.the exchange programme is important in France becauseour first years (aged 19/20)need motivation aftertheir 2 years of preparation. Our programme is both scientific and professionalFor our first years our primary motivation is student’s motivationusing all available tools to stimulate this.We work almost exclusively in a muli-media framework. All our courses are online and our Institute uses a workplatform (currently Dokeos but changing to Moodle).First year students have a self access component to the course which is conducted through Dokeos. We use MSN webchat and audacity in class. We also have a learning wiki. So some Blended learning practices. All our students are expected to upload assignments and download corrected work. We also use forums for discussion. Our students are digital natives but some are reluctant and wish to emmigrate…German part (ourstudents)ReginaStudents are highlymotivated. In Rheinbach: students are first semester and attend a bilingual BA programme in Business Administration. In Sankt Augustin students are in their first semester and are enrolled in a regularGerman BA programme in Business. Requiredlevel of each couse isat least a B2. Nearlyhalf the students are at the C1 Level. They are interested in learning English and getting first hand experience in using digital technologies in an international context. Theyunderstand the need for communication in English internationally and do not have anyexperience in international projectmanagment. Somestudents have periousworkexperience in business beforeenrollingat the university. The averageageis about 20 -21 years. Each course is a requiredlanguage course (ICC or Business English).
  • France:Cate/Claudia pm experienceFor most of our students this was the first time that they had to manage a programme with non French people. ‘Real world communication’ which pulls them out of their comfort zone. C/C technologyOur students are digital natives and if they don’t know how most are interested in finding out are are autonomous in working things out. But some are reluctant and wish to emmigrate…C/C importance of culture(s) in businessAlthough on both sides our students are European, and have travelled.Trying to get a job done when collaborating with people who don’t think exactly the same as you if not the same thing as spending two weeks on holiday in another country..C/C motivation motivationmotivation.GermanyOur experience and also a survey that we conducted in our Business English classes has proven is that our “digital natives” are far from being natives. The teacher have more experience than our students.() Some students even lack basic computer skills. The reason is that computer skills are not required in secondary educations and not for Abitur (i.e. A-Levels) We can go so far as state that we have many students that have never worked online collaboratively nor do they have experience with an LMS or other collaborative tools. One year ago only 50% of the students had a Facebook account, this year 80% had an account. What does it mean to be a digital native. Pressing on like and dislike button or Facebook? Or being able to communicate using Web 2.0 tools ?
  • 2B or not 2B? Intercultural Business Exchanges

    1. 1. An Intercultural Business ExchangeBesiG Preston, June 2011<br />FranceCate EvansClaudia Brosnahan<br />GermanyRegina BrautlachtEileen Küpper<br />
    2. 2. An Intercultural Business Exchange<br />AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />2<br /><ul><li>Communicatingwith L2 speakers of English
    3. 3. Creatingvideo clips of student life
    4. 4. Exchanging the clips
    5. 5. Online collaboration
    6. 6. Videoconference</li></li></ul><li>Who are we?<br />ENSCBP Bordeaux<br />HBRS Bonn<br />AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />3<br />
    7. 7. Bonn<br /><ul><li>French Engineering school</li></ul>AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />4<br />Who are we?<br />Bordeaux<br /><ul><li>University of AppliedSciences
    8. 8. M.Sc. Chemistry/Physics/Food science.
    9. 9. B.A. and B.Sc. in Business</li></ul>German/English<br /><ul><li>Professional and Scientific English
    10. 10. Intercultural Communication and Business English
    11. 11. Multimediaenvironment
    12. 12. Multimediaenvironment</li></li></ul><li>Whatwerewetrying to achieve?<br />AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />5<br /><ul><li>To giveourstudentsproject management experience
    13. 13. To provide real world communication
    14. 14. To import digital technologyinside the classroom
    15. 15. To experience the importance of culture(s) in business
    16. 16. To motivateourlearners</li></ul>…and ourselves<br />
    17. 17. AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />6<br />PREPARING THE PROJECT<br /><ul><li>Networking at IATEFL Harrogate (April)
    18. 18. VisitfromGermancolleagues to France (October)
    19. 19. Making films (October – November)
    20. 20. Exchanging films (end November)
    21. 21. Drawing up of agenda (beginningDecember)
    22. 22. Preparing questions (December)
    23. 23. Videoconference (17 December)
    24. 24. Feedback on FB</li></li></ul><li>Our Communication TOOLs<br />AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />7<br />Video<br />Platforms<br />Chat<br />SharedDocuments<br />Video Conference<br />
    25. 25. 8<br />Student films…<br />
    26. 26. TeachingWith CMCComputer mediatedcommunication<br />AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />9<br /><ul><li>Technical aspects (keepit simple)
    27. 27. Language tips (hands-on advice)
    28. 28. Cultural context (feedback) </li></li></ul><li>ARE YOU RECEIVING ME?<br />AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />10<br />
    29. 29. ARE YOU RECEIVING ME?<br />AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />11<br /><ul><li> « the French studentswere not that up to sticking to an agenda, theywanted to ask questions freely »
    30. 30. « Wemetotherstudentsthinking and acting differently » </li></li></ul><li>Didtheyenjoyit?<br />AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />12<br />
    31. 31. Contact Information<br />AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGE<br />13<br /><ul><li>Joinour Facebook Group: BESIG Business Exchanges</li></ul>Technology questions:<br /><ul><li>Regina Brautlachtregina.brautlacht@h-brs.de
    32. 32. CateEvans Cevans@enscbp.fr</li></ul>Intercultural /Exchange Questions:<br /><ul><li>Claudia Brosnahanbrosnaha@enscbp.fr
    33. 33. Eileen Küppereileen.kuepper@h-brs.de</li></li></ul><li>BESIG Business Exchanges on facebook. Join us!<br />AN INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS EXCHANGEJoin us…<br />14<br />

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