Designing an intercultural activity

Teacher trainees design an intercultural activity that allows their learners to learn more about their partners in a telecollaborative project.

Institution reporting the task:

Language of task instructions:


Target Group:

Foreign language teachers



References and acknowledgements:



Collaborative tasks

Estimated Duration:

3 sessions


Intercultural activity


task design



Language Configurations:

Lingua Franca

Language(s) that the task can be used in:


Dominant language production:

Writing/reading asynchronous
Speaking/listening synchronous

Target Competences:

Language competence
Intercultural skills
Online communication skills
Teaching skills

Specific pedagogical objectives:

Development of students interest in cultural similarities and differences
Designing tasks that focus on intercultural learning

Suggested Communication Tools:

Collaborative tools
Real time conferencing

Suggested Resources:

Possible tools to use for task design (created by Gosia Kurek from Wyższa Szkoła Lingwistyczna)

Dear Students,

here is a handful of tools that you may find useful in designing online tasks. You can easily find them by simply googling the name.

Many of the suggested
tutorials suggested here
have been prepared by Russel Stannard, who is a great enthusiast of using new technologies in education. You may like to visit his technology blog
available at

and learn much more about what’ s available for online teaching and lerning.





A very intuitive tools for creating online websites. It’ s based on

Tools for creating interactive exercises

Learning apps

A set of free online tools for creating activities such as crosswords, gap filling, matching,
or a cloze test. Can be easily embedded into a website, wiki , blog etc.

(available from the website)

Tools for voice recording


A very simple podcasting tool. You can record
voice message with a click of a button and
then email it.


Students upload a picture and record a narrative. Simple and intuitive


Creating audio discussion threadfs (several people participating in one thread). Can be based on a picture


Voxopop is like an oral discussion board. You can set up topics and questions and then ask the students to record their answers.

Presentation tools


A great presentation tool
for creating and sharing online presentations.

You already know this one. A
just-in-case tutorial:


Prezi is an unusal presentation tool as it uses a zoom-in/zoom-out
rather than a linear logic. Great for group-editing or group viewing.

(available from the website)


This is a kind of graphic blog, or electronic poster. You can add text, video and
sound. A really good tool for presenting a project or a topic. Unfortunately, no co-editing is possible, but students can use a joint account.


A virtual board where you can pin up your ideas, links, documents or even embed other materials. The wall can be public , with others being able to add their own ideas.

Working with video (You Tube) materials

Listen and Write

This is a superb site for creating online dictations. Great for developing listening skills.
You can create a dictation based on a video or audio clip and your students will be able to work on their own. It’ s highly addictive!

ESL video

A tool for creating online comprehension/vocabulary/grammar quizzes to match You Tube clips. Simple to use. Under teacher account you can create classes and make the students send their results to you.

Tools for promoting online (cooperative) writing


One of the most popular wiki tools. Good for making students collaborate, create a pool of materials and/or communicate online .It can serve as a website.

Just paste it

A tool for collaborative writing/note taking. You can also add pictures + video. Really good and intuitive. Exporting to pdf. Ideal to make
your students work on
a project.

(so simple you don’ t need a tutorial)


A great tool for creating professionally illustrated online books. Thanks to the asynchronous co-editing function, students can work in pairs.

Tools for video editing

Windows Movie Maker

A basic tool for video editing. It’ s available with any Windows system.
You can combine pictures, audio and video and make them into a video clip.

A set of three tutorials, the first one available form


Designing a practice task, do such a task, and evaluate it.


Design an intercultural activity which will help learners to get to know more about the partner.

Try to integrate different tools that allow learners to collaborate (see suggestions below).

After having completed the task, submit your task to a pool on our moodle platform.Each international group then chooses from this pool the task they like best, do the task in their group and argue

1) why they chose this task and

2) if it worked the way they had assumed it would work and what the reasons are for that and

3) how it can be improved.

Learner Texts:


Document related to the task:


Criteria for Completion:

Students design a task that allows for intercultural elarning. They integrate one or two multimodal tools into their task design.

Comments and suggestions:



Gosia Kurek (Wyższa Szkoła Lingwistyczna), Andreas Müller-Hartmann (University of Education, Heidelberg)