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Globalizing On-line

Telecollaboration, Internationalization, and Social Justice


Edited By Nataly Tcherepashenets

Internationalization plays an important role in shaping the philosophy and practice of higher education, and it is arguably one of the most durable University achievements. Offering creative ways to achieve a shift from isolation to communication between people of different economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, telecollaboration exemplifies challenges and rewards of internationalization in the epoch of e-learning. In our interconnected world the tasks of both bringing the equality of opportunities and promoting intercultural dialogue continue to be priorities for education, whose major objective and obligation is an expansion of the freedoms of human beings. In the era of globalization, its fulfillment more than ever depends on making it possible for people of different backgrounds to participate in intercultural dialogue on equal terms. Intercultural collaborations in virtual environments offer unique opportunities for the realization of this goal. This book explores both a contribution of telecollaboration to the democratic education, solidarity and social justice in the globalized world as well as the complexities and challenges that arise from attempts to align international collaborations and social justice.
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Telecollaboration in the Clash of Highand Low-context Cultures: Social Justice at Stake



Telecollaboration in the Clash of High- and Low-context Cultures: Social Justice at Stake

to Gosia Kurek, who helped me write this chapter in more than one way


This chapter looks at selected collaborative and telecollaborative practices in Poland, focusing mainly on online co-operation in ELT teacher training. It concentrates on ways in which Polish learners of foreign languages, students of language studies and, in particular, future EFL teachers, perceive the nature and implementation of mono- and intercultural online exchanges. All this is considered in relation to theoretical assumptions as well as general expectations regarding telecollaboration presented in literature.

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