Online Intercultural Exchange An Introduction for Foreign Language Teachers Edited by: Robert O'Dowd

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15 Oct 2007
Languages for Intercultural Communication and Education
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148

Key features

- Provides an overview of how online technology is being used for foreign language learning

- Assesses 3 different models of telecollaboration

- Covers theoretical approaches to online intercultural exchange as well as practical aspects


This volume provides foreign language educators and classroom researchers with an introduction to online intercultural exchange, the activity of engaging foreign language learners in collaborative project work with partners from other cultures through the use of online communication tools such as email, discussion boards and videoconferencing. The authors use their extensive experience in both the practice and research of online exchange to present a clear overview of the pedagogical theory behind online exchange and its contribution to different aspects of foreign language learning, including communicative competence, intercultural awareness and learner autonomy. The chapters look at different ways of organising such projects, such as the Tandem and Cultura models, and also provide clear discussions on practical aspects of the area including task design, the choice of communication tools and the role of the teacher.


This edited collection is a rigorous exploration of one particular type of educational exchange, one which should help language teachers and technologists alike get the most out of language learners. Any teacher considering using social software to connect his or her class with others could find this book fascinating reading.

- Darren Elliott, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan, in TESL-EJ Vol 12, No. 2

This state-of-the-art volume comprehensively covers the theory, research, and practice of online cultural exchanges. It is an important addition to the literature on technology use in the language classroom.

- Mark Warschauer, Professor of Education, University of California, Irvine

Online Intercultural Exchange brings together a wealth of inspirational case studies, hard-won wisdom and sound, practical advice for teachers embarking on the adventure of using communications technology to explore language and culture. As someone who has dipped his toe in virtual learning environments and had it painfully stubbed several times, I wish this book had been available to me some time ago.

- John Corbett, University of Glasgow

Telecollaboration has enormous potential for foreign language education. This book shows how it can live up to its promise in mainstream teaching. Clearly a 'must read' for anybody interested in this exciting new field.

- Markus Ritter, Lecturer in ELT, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Author Biography:

Robert O'Dowd is a teacher and teacher-trainer and has a Ph.D. on the development of intercultural competence through the use of networked technologies in the foreign language classroom. He teaches EFL and Foreign Language Methodology at the University of León in Spain, where he is also involved in various research projects related to online intercultural exchange. His other special interests include the role of the teacher in online education and the role of culture in foreign language education.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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