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A Plurilingual Corpus on Telecollaboration in Third Languages

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Edited By Claudia Grümpel and Analía Cuadrado Rey

Telecollaboration has been applied in foreign language education for more than two decades. This corpus study on telecollaboration in Third Language Learning has been carried out in institutional (CEFR) and non-institutional settings following the principle of autonomy in the framework of Higher Education implementing online tandems and student recordings in order to analyze discourse patterns. The chapters of this issue are original studies on corpus data of the L3Task project reflecting findings and new research paradigms and instruments that consolidate teaching and research methodology on online tandem practice for third language learning.

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Methodology, possibilities and limitations of the plurilingual corpus study in the L3Task-project (Claudia Grümpel / Analía Cuadrado / Pamela Stoll)

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CLAUDIA GRÜMPEL, ANALÍA CUADRADO, PAMELA STOLL

Universidad de Alicante

Methodology, possibilities and limitations of the plurilingual corpus study in the L3Task-project

Introduction

Tandem learning has been referred to as communication between two learners with different native languages. The basic principles for language learning in tandem are reciprocity and autonomy (Little & Brammerts, 1996). The principle of reciprocity is based on the idea of a balanced exchange between partners, allowing both learners to benefit equally from the language exchange. Learners’ autonomy as a second principle refers to learners’ responsibility for their own learning. It is the learner who determines what and when he or she wants to learn. A further principle is based on equality, so that learners can only expect from their partner the support they agreed upon beforehand.

The L3Task-project focuses on learners’ autonomy in the framework of Higher Education. In 2013, the L3Task group (Third Language Learning Tandem-Skype) was awarded funding by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning programme to carry out a 36-month project. The L3Task consortium is formed by the Universität Wien (Vienna, Austria), the Universidad de Alicante (Alicante, Spain), the Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), the UNED (Madrid, Spain), the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Jena, Germany) and the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Business University of Vienna, Austria).

The project aims at implementing and investigating peer-to-peer interaction between students of a third language through blended online tandems organized by the...

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