Do Telecollaborative language learning projects need to be implemented in primary schools in NSW?

Thushara Gamage (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationPresentation


    There have been three forms of online interaction and exchange that can be identified to date a) In-class interaction b) class-to class-interaction, also referred to as Telecollaborative exchanges and c) class-to-world interaction (Dooly & O’Dowd, 2012). This presentation will focus on the second type of interaction – Telecollaborative learning projects. Although these class-to-class learning projects have been implemented in high schools and universities, there has been very little research that has been done in this area in primary schools (Personal Correspondence, O’Dowd, 2016). While there are online collaborative networks for primary schools such as eTwinning (eTwinning, 2016) and The International Award Project (The British Council, 2016), iEarn (iEarn, 2016) is the most evident online platform that promotes online learning projects between schools in Australia and the world. This presentation will focus on the usefulness of Telecollaborative learning projects to target English language learning outcomes in NSW primary schools. Specific attention will be given to the learning outcomes of “writing and representing and spelling” and a possible contribution to research in the area communicative competence.
    Period18 Aug 2016
    Event titleLinguistics Department Higher Degree Research Conference 2016
    Event typeConference
    LocationSydney, Australia