Email tandem in teaching German as a foreign language: first experiences

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Abstract

The main aim of the teaching project described here was to provide a student-centred approach to improving German language skills by using email as a means of communication with German native speakers. This aim was to be achieved by using an email tandem approach – described in this article - which is a form of autonomous learning where the focus is on learning through authentic communication with a native speaker. The email tandem project was bilateral in that Macquarie students of German corresponded with German university students of English. The German email partners wrote in English whereas the Macquarie students wrote in German. The students corrected and commented on their partner’s writing and a bulletin board, which was monitored by the project leader throughout the duration of the project, provided all participating students with a forum for discussion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCelebrating Teaching at Macquarie
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherMacquarie University, Centre For Professional Development and the Centre for Flexible Learning
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventCelebrating Teaching at Macquarie - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 28 Nov 200229 Nov 2009

Conference

ConferenceCelebrating Teaching at Macquarie
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period28/11/0229/11/09

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