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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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orn IDEA BANK IDEA BANK GETTING STARTED Finding project ideas, partners & topics Workplans Software choices Guiding questions for project design Stimulating creative thinking and intercultural wareness IMPLEMENTING YOUR PROJECT Training your students in group dynamics Ice-breaking activities Weekly plan sheets Keeping students on task Integrating ICC into the project IDEAS ABOUT ASSESSING Bloom’s taxonomy Team tutoring Peer Assessment orn IDEA BANK 170 GETTING STARTED (PROJECT IDEAS, WORK- PLANS, SOFTWARE CHOICES): Go shopping! When you want to decorate your house, what do you do? You buy home decorating magazines to get ideas. This doesn’t mean you will copy them exactly but you may see things you like or that would fit your needs. Internet projects in schools are on the rise, this means that there are lots of projects that you can have a look at before get- ting started. If you do not have explicit ideas on what you would like to do it may not be wise to start with designing a new Internet project without previous experience in this field. Here are some sites, where it should be possible to find inspira- tion for project ideas and/or creatively enhance your own plans by re-using and adapting materials for your project. (Note that the sites mentioned here were checked in March 2008 but may no longer be available.) Ideas for E-Twinning – http://www.etwinning.net/ww/es/pub/etwinning/ideas/exa mples.htm E-Twinning Ready Made Kits http://www.etwinning.net/ww/en/pub/etwinning/ideas_an d_practice/project_kits.htm Ready made, EFL project, very suitable as a collaborative start-up – ‘Image of the Other’ -...

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