Telenta = Telecollaboration, English, Task design.
– Main objectives of the Virtual Exchange
Experiencing a VE, becoming aware of its potential for learning, getting an insight into task design for VE
– Targeted learning outcomes
To improve students intercultural communicative competence in English. To improve students digital literacy. To increase students’ understanding of the potential of telecollaboration in educational contexts. To learn about different cultures and reflect on one’s own.
– Global task description
3 major tasks following the Ware & O’Dowd’s 3 task model we did:
Task 1: Photo Sharing using the Describe-Interpret-Explain activity
Task 2: Comparison and Analysis of a topic relevant to education and educational policy in Europe, e.g. migrant children in primary schools
Task 3: Collaborative development of a telecollaborative task for students in the schools where the Italian students were doing their practicum
|Partner / department||Course||Language of instruction||Number of students|
|Université Grenoble Alpes (Grenoble, France)
UFR Llasic – Masters degree in L2 didactics & e-learning design
|Telecollaboration en langues||French (VE in English)||15|
|Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
|Third-Year English, B2 Oral and Written Skills||English||40|
Start and end date
Sept. 2016 – Dec. 2017
Languages (Grenoble), Teacher training without subject specialisation (Padova)
Integration and assessment
Grenoble: Everything in the course is focused on VE: what it is and aims at, the types of VE that exist, VE task design, and there is also a smaller focus on the English language (understanding texts on CALL / on VE in English), and the students are asked to fill in a reflective journal on a regular basis.
Padova: The tasks were the primary content in both courses. In Year 1 they were only assessed and graded in one school, in Year 2 assessment and grading took place in both schools. Teachers assessed their students’ work based on their own, separate criteria.
Technology tools used
– Learning environment
1st year Moodle, 2nd year Facebook secret group.
– Collaboration tools
Along with instant messaging tools (whatsapp, viber, facebook messenger, skype chosen by each group of students), Zoom (2nd year), Google Forms, Framapad etc. And a few other tools students themselves chose to use to communicate with one another outside of class.
– Reflection tool