The context for collaboration in language learning
The context for collaboration in language learning. An overview of telecollaboration for language teaching.
What is telecollaboration?• “Online communication used to bring together language learners in different countries in order to carry out collaborative projects or undertake intercultutral exchanges” (O’Dowd and Ritter, 2006)
“Perhaps the most exciting application of the web in language learning is its capacity for bringing together students and native speakers” (Klapper 2006, p191)
“Combining new ideas about computer- mediated technologies and well-loved theories of learning results in fantastic possibilities but they need a little human time and energy to make them work.” (Salmon,2002, p4)
“The changing patterns of language educationthat support this tendency [to learnerautonomy] are essentially a continuation ofthose which supported the mainstreaming ofCommunicative Language Teaching : the everincreasing quantity of language education andthe growing importance of media andinformation technologies.” (Benson, 1997)
“networked multimedia environments provideopportunities for asynchronous andsynchronous dialogue in which meaning canbe negotiated in modes other than written orprinted text. The interactions between andamong learners… enhance the “learning asknowledge” process” (Warshauer 2000, p161).
Support and resources• INTENT project: EU report by Sarah Guth, Francesca Helm and Rob O’Dowd available from UCML website.• UNIcollaboration: to be launched in February providing a community for those innovating in this area.• HEA/UCML event on collaboration• HEA report: e-tools for international collaboration
To start exploring, click on the ‘partners’ tab in the top menu bar.Start here to find databanks of classes, institutions and practitioners who are interested in establishing contacts…
If you choose ‘classes’ then you’ll be able to search or browse a list of classes which are interested in taking part in online exchange projects...
When you see a class that you would like to connect to your own class, simply click on ‘Contact the author’ to get into contact and discuss a possible exchange…