Telecollaboration in Language Teaching and Learning

20 Minute Research Presentation

Presenter(s):

Grisel Garcia Perez – UBC Okanagan
Martin BlumĀ – UBC Okanagan
Marina Kriscautzky – Universidad Autonoma de Mexico

Abstract:

This telecollaborative project took place between students taking Spanish Applied Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan and students studying at the Autonomous University of Mexico. By exchanging information on the differences between first and second language acquisition, the students had the opportunity not only to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing in an authentic setting, but also to become more aware of the similarities and differences between their own culture and that of their Mexican counterpart. The project offered insights into how information technology can be used as a tool not only to develop language skills, but also to develop the students` sense of intercultural awareness.