In the context of foreign language education, ‘telecollaboration’ refers to the application of online communication tools to bring together classes of language learners in geographically distant locations to develop their foreign language skills and intercultural competence through collaborative tasks and project work. The interaction has traditionally been text-based and asynchronous, however, the recent advances of Web 2.0 online communication have meant that synchronous oral communication as
well as multimodal exchanges involving combinations of different media are becoming increasingly popular. This presentation and workshop will review the different models or configurations of online intercultural exchange which have been employed in the foreign language classroom to date and also explores the new options and opportunities which are emerging from Web 2.0 contexts. We will outline the main research findings related to the barriers and challenges to integrating this activity into educational curricula and we will also its key contributions to foreign language learning. Finally, in our workshop we will explore how telecollaboration can be integrated into teacher training in Germany and also in vocational training.