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Telecollaborative Language Learning

A guidebook to moderating intercultural collaboration online

Edited By Melinda Ann Dooly Owenby

This guidebook brings together the knowledge, insight and experience gained by the participants of an international telecollaborative language learning project entitled Moderating Intercultural Collaboration and Language Learning (MICaLL). Telecollaboration is understood here as a shared teaching and learning experience between distanced partners that is facilitated through the use of Internet technology; an area of growing interest for many teachers. The book first provides a theoretical outline of suitable pedagogical practices for this type of joint effort and then moves into the more practical aspects of designing, setting up, implementing and evaluating telecollaborative projects. The guidebook considers relevant questions and issues which often come up when teachers without previous experience in telecollaboration undertake this type of enterprise. Through the realistic advice and practical examples provided, the reader will be motivated to engage in telecollaborative language learning projects with their own pupils.

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13 Introduction 15 CHAPTER 1 Constructing knowledge together Melinda Dooly 21 CHAPTER 2 Building effective, dynamic online partnerships Melinda Dooly, Dolors Masats, Andreas Müller-Hartmann, Beatriz Caballero de Rodas 45 CHAPTER 3 Finding the right tools Melinda Dooly, Jana Pavlikova, Diana Eastment, Andreas Müller-Hartmann, Maartje Visser 77 CHAPTER 4 Using portals to open horizons Melinda Dooly, Dolors Masats, Ton Koenraad 127 CHAPTER 5 Looking back: What did we do right? Melinda Dooly 149 orn IDEA BANK 167 Works cited 191

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