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Telecollaboration 2.0

Language, Literacies and Intercultural Learning in the 21 st Century


Edited By Sarah Guth and Francesca Helm

Telecollaboration, or online intercultural exchange, has become widely recognised as an effective way to promote the development of intercultural communicative competence and language skills. However, the study and implementation of new 2.0 environments such as wikis, Skype, virtual worlds and gaming for telecollaboration is still in its infancy. How can these multilingual, multimodal, collaborative environments be used to promote language and intercultural learning? What are the implications for teachers and learners and what new literacies are required? Do they offer an added-value? This book seeks to answer these questions and many more by bringing together the experience and expertise of researchers and practitioners alike. The authors offer critical stances, new frameworks and practical case studies to help the reader ‘navigate’ the world of Telecollaboration 2.0.


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Acknowledgements In April 2008, the first regional workshop of the Eurocall Special Interest Group in Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC), was hosted by the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo at the University of Padova, Italy. The focus was quite broad: Computer-Mediated Communication and Language Learning: Research and Practice. This volume focuses on the two themes which characterized many of the presentations: telecollaboration and/or the use of Web 2.0. Some of the presentations made at the workshop are thus not included, but we would like to thank all contributors for their important part in the success of the event. In order to make this volume more complete, we invited some contributions by experts in the field of telecollaboration. We would like to thank all the authors for their collaboration and for the stimulating reading that their work provides. We are particularly grateful to the contributors and colleagues from Padova and further afield who reviewed, criticised and commented on first and second drafts of the chapters. Our thanks to the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo of the University of Padova for financing this publication, and supporting and participating in the Eurocall CMC SIG event in particular the Director Maria Teresa Musacchio and Deputy Director Geneviève Henrot, our colleagues Lisa Griggio, Suzanne Cloke and Micol Altinier who organized the CMC workshop with us, and the other colleagues and student volunteers who helped with the practical issues during the event. Our gratitude also goes to our series editors, Robert O’Dowd and Melinda Dooly for the great faith...

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