In this task two groups of FL learners – from two different countries – work on a content project in a blended manner.
Institution reporting the task:
Language of task instructions:
References and acknowledgements:
any topic issue: environment, animal protection, etc.
Language(s) that the task can be used in:
Dominant language production:
Specific pedagogical objectives:
Development of students interest in cultural similarities and differences
Suggested Communication Tools:
The project activities consist of face-to-face work (whole class activities, group work activities, pair work and individual work) and online work with international partners (primarily pair work and group work). There is a content / social issue chosen for the task.
Some of the online activities involve:
- Participating in a forum about the topic issue in which the students explain different topics and concepts related to the issue that are relevant to their countries. The pupils are asked to post comments, links, and images.
- Comparing and contrasting different issues that are important to each community and how they are dealt with.
- Based on the previously shared information, preparing a collaborative topic-issue-related wiki.
Document related to the task:
Criteria for Completion:
up to the two teachers may be process and/or product related
Comments and suggestions:
The article in which the project is described specifies execution time as the whole school year (hence the 4-session length marked here is not very accurate)
Task found in: Dooly, Melinda (2011). Divergent Perceptions of Telecollaborative Language Learning Tasks: Task-As-Workplan vs. Task-As-Process http://llt.msu.edu/issues/june2011/dooly.pdf