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Technology and study abroad: Godwin-Jones, 2016

In this column we will be looking at the varied roles that technology can play in the study abroad experience. Some argue that the availability of Internet- based social media while abroad is for language learning and cross -cultural understanding at best a distraction and at worst an inhibitor of full engagement in the target culture, inevitably leading to less exposure to the target language and therefore fewer opportunities for language proficiency gains. I will be arguing that, in fact, technology can play a positive role, particularly if students are provided with appropriate guidance and support. The main areas to be discussed are the personal and learning benefits of technology use while abroad, the formation of second-language identities , the affordances for pragmatic language development , the integration of mobile devices for place -based language learning, and the opportunities for enhancement of intercultural communication competence .
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Interesting section on learning pragmatics
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They gave ME a fork: teaching the intercultural

They gave ME a fork: teaching the intercultural | TELT | Scoop.it
Here is a short something I just wrote. I imagined it could be used in class somewhere (especially in Korea or Japan).  Some brief notes follow. They gave me a fork. I can't believe it. They gave M...
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MIke Griffin's prompt for intercultural awareness lesson

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Paradox of globalisation: Claire Kramsch interviewed by Darren Elliott

Paradox of globalisation: Claire Kramsch interviewed by Darren Elliott | TELT | Scoop.it

Recorded after Kramsch' 2014 JALT National conference in Tsukuba, Japan

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30 minute interview with the top-flight applied linguist - interesting personal background on her experience with English, French, German in Europe and the US, and how personal and practical questions intersected with nascent field of applied linguistics in the 1970s.

 

Soundbite from her JALT plenary: "borders define who we are and distinguish us from others, but can also constrain us."

 

Paradox of globalisation: increased access leads to (illusion of understanding one another, negation of individual uniqueness and so) greater isolation and fragmentation

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Teacher education - visions from/in Europe: Byram 2003

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The traditional teacher of European languages (native-speaker model) versus the European teacher of languages (intercultural model).  Babylonia article.

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Concevoir un projet langagier/interculturel par Internet - Innovalangues

Concevoir un projet langagier/interculturel par Internet - Innovalangues | TELT | Scoop.it

Connaître les principes des échanges langagiers et/ou interculturels en ligne (télécollaboration). Acquérir les outils pour mettre en place son propre projet de télécollaboration.

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Elke Nissen, face to face session in Grenoble, 1 April 2016

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On PARSNIPs…or how to offend without offending

On PARSNIPs…or how to offend without offending | TELT | Scoop.it
I recently saw an article announcing the publishing of a free e-book called “PARSNIPS in ELT: Stepping out of the comfort zone (Vol.
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More on the topic of controversial issues in EFL class - links to comments on this issue, and to a free e-Book (PARSNIPS) so you can form your own opinion

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Task Design for Intercultural Telecollaboration: TILA

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Petra Hoffstaedter & Kurt Kohn, Contribution to the Eurocall Conference in Groningen (NL), 20-23 August 2014 Abstract Our contribution focuses on synchronous oral telecollaboration in secondary...
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Will be interested to hear this presentation to see what concrete recommendations on task design are offered.

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TILA: Telecollaboration for Intercultural Language Acquisition

TILA: Telecollaboration for Intercultural Language Acquisition | TELT | Scoop.it

"The TILA project seeks:


(1) To innovate and enrich language teaching programs at secondary schools and make them more motivating and effective by stimulating telecollaboration for intercultural awareness with
peers of other cultures.


(2) To empower teacher training programmes for developing ICT literacy skills and organizational, pedagogical and
intercultural competences of (student) teachers for telecollaboration, by promoting experiential learning in task development, implementation and evaluation.


(3) To study the possible added value telecollaboration might have in language learning for intercultural understanding of younger learners."

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