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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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HAYAT AL-KHATIB is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Arab Open University – Lebanon. She was awarded a PhD in Applied Linguistics from The University of London in 2003. She has had ample professional experience in Britain with the Centre of Information on Language Teaching (CILT) in consultancy and advising, teaching at the Institute of Education – University of London and as research associate at Goldsmith – University of London. Al-Khatib is currently Head of the English department at the Arab Open University in Lebanon and the Academic Deputy Director. Hayat Al-Khatib has several publications in the fields of Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, Open Distance and E-Learning, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis and Functional Grammar. She serves as associate editor in the Linguistic Journal, the European Scientific Journal (ESJ) and is the editor in chief of the Centre of Applied Linguistics Research (CALR) journal. Her e-mail is

WENDY ANDERSON is Senior Lecturer in English Language at the University of Glasgow. Her research and teaching interests include intercultural language education, semantics, metaphor, corpus linguistics, and translation. She was formerly Research Associate for the AHRC-funded Scottish Corpus of Texts & Speech project (). She is the co-author of Exploring English with Online Corpora (with John Corbett, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), and the author of The Phraseology of Administrative French (Rodopi, 2006). She directs the AHRC-funded project, Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus ().

GWENOLA BESCOND is Course Leader for the French and English...

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