Creating international learning communities: Focusing on collaboration in language learning

Atherton, Beatrice M. & Watanabe, Yasuhisa (2006) Creating international learning communities: Focusing on collaboration in language learning. In OLT 2006 Conference: Learning on the Move, 26 September 2006, Brisbane, Australia.


The advent of new technologies has sparked increased interest in collaborative and project-based learning, including in the field of intercultural language teaching and learning. Learners of different cultural backgrounds have been able to work together online in a range of projects, but these experiments have often been limited in scope. The French and Japanese programs at QUT sought to develop this model further in a blended learning environment using different modes of CMC (synchronous and asynchronous). This paper confirms some of the findings of recent research in the field of CMC, shows how the approach adopted at QUT is attempting to go further in providing an environment where all modes of communication (oral, written, visual) are included, and maps out some of the institutional and cultural obstacles encountered.

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ID Code: 5355
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: computer mediated communication, project, based language learning, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:28

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