Summary

– Main objectives of the Virtual Exchange

  • Use German as Lingua Franca.
  • Foster the interactional competence of the students (by using the language in a more spontaneous way and less controlled as they are used to in the classroom context).
  • Allow the students to identify their needs (or strengths) during their experience in order to set own learning objectives – it means improve their learning awareness and develop some self regulations skills.
  • Intercultural exchange about their studying contexts and student life in both countries.
  • Exchange information, negotiate and collaborate actively with the partners in the target language by using specific linguistic means but also developing strategies for understanding / maintain the interaction / express ideas or share opinions.

– Targeted learning outcomes

  • Can exchange informations about a topic, give opinions, ask questions, make decisions and propositions in an oral interaction or in short written posts (forum).
  • Can make / write a summary with collected informations.
  • Can work collaboratively with pairs and develop intercultural awareness.
  • Can speak more fluently without focusing exclusively on accuracy.

– Global task description

The VE is organised on a task based approach in a blended environment (work in class / language activities on the moodle platform / VE activities online with the partners) – pair-groups decide to plan together a semester abroad in Germany. They first exchange about their own studying context in France and in the Czech Republic, before gathering information on different websites in order to choose a city and an university in Germany, in which they could spend one semester. After that different tasks in class and online should lead them to organise their stay more precisely. In the final task students have to summarize the whole preparation of their mobility project in a short presentation

Partners

Partner / department Course Language of instruction Number of students
Université Grenoble Alpes, France GFL Course Level B1 German 15
Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic GFL Course Level B1 German 14

Start and end date

23 September 2019 – 12 December 2019

Duration

12 weeks

Discipline

GFL Course

Integration and assessment

The VE tasks are prepared during classroom activities – vocabulary and topic are introduced and activated previously, so that they are familiar to the students before they engage in a VE task. Assessment of the final presentation of the project (product+oral presentation) – criteria from the CEFR B1 for speaking.

Technology tools used

– Learning environment

Moodle

– Collaboration tools

Zoom, Big Blue Button, Padlet, Flipgrid