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Book publication on Telecollaboration

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  • Robert O'Dowd
    Dear Colleagues, A shortened version of my thesis has just been published as a book by Langenscheidt in Germany. The title of the book is: Telecollaboration
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      Dear Colleagues,

      A shortened version of my thesis has just been published as a book by
      Langenscheidt in Germany. The title of the book is:
      "Telecollaboration and the Development of Intercultural Communicative
      Competence"

      If you wish to order a copy for your library or to get a copy for review,
      you will find it for sale in Amazon.de (The German version of Amazon). The
      direct link to the book is this:
      http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/3526508356/qid%3D1134979165/sr%3D8-2/ref%3Dsr%5F8%5Fxs%5Fap%5Fi2%5Fxgl/028-7870603-2181364

      Otherwise, just go to www.amazon.de and search for "Robert O'Dowd" or the
      title of the book.

      Here is a brief summary of the book's contents:

      This publication looks at the much neglected question of how on-line
      intercultural exchanges (better known today as telecollaboration), can
      contribute to culture learning and the development of intercultural
      communicative competence (ICC) in the foreign language classroom. Learning
      about the foreign culture and becoming more aware of one’s own culture are
      possible outcomes of on-line exchanges, but this is not necessarily the
      case. Indeed, the evidence in a growing number of reports reviewed in these
      pages suggests that many learners engaged in such activities actually
      confirm their stereotypes and fail to establish good working relationships
      with their partners. With this in mind, this study sets out to examine what
      teachers and students need to know and to do in order to fully benefit from
      these on-line activities.Three qualitative studies based on German students
      of EFL and their interaction with virtual partners in Ireland and the USA
      are used to illustrate the challenges and opportunities which
      telecollaboration can bring to the foreign language classroom.

      Best to all, Robert

      Robert O'Dowd
      Universidad de León
      Fac. de Filosofía y Letras
      Dpto de Filología Moderna
      24071 León
      Spain
      http://www3.unileon.es/personal/wwdfmrod/
      Eurocall Regional Workshop on Telecollaboration:
      http://dfm.unileon.es/telecollaboration/index.html



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