Telecollaboration in Spanish as a Foreign Language Learning in Trinidad

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Title: Telecollaboration in Spanish as a Foreign Language Learning in Trinidad
Author: Neva, Carolina; Landa Buil, Maria; Carter, Beverly-Anne; Ibrahim-Ali, Amina
Abstract: Objective: To study how participation in tandem partnership influences the motivation towards the target language and culture and the autonomy of learners of Spanish as a foreign language in Trinidad and Tobago. Method: An action research project was conducted with 33 learners of Spanish in Trinidad and 33 learners of English in Colombia, who engaged in a seven week telecollaboration during which they used email and Web 2.0 technologies to communicate. Data were collected through questionnaires and a weekly journal. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were carried out. Results: The objectives of the project were all met. Conclusions: The project was a rich source of learning for all the participants and stresses the need of a deeper understanding of learners' language learning, an analysis of the sociocultural, psycholinguistic, and linguistic dimensions of intercultural competence in a specific context, and the critical assessment of the role of Web 2.0 technologies in fostering autonomy. <a href= ""> Link to article </a>
Date: 2010-04

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