Pan-American teletandem language exchange project

Aurora Castillo-Scott

Abstract

This paper describes a TeleTandem language exchange project between English speaking Spanish students at Georgia College, USA, and Spanish speaking English students at Universidad de Concepción, Chile. The aim of the project was to promote linguistic skills and intercultural competence through a TeleTandem exchange. Students used Skype and Google Hangouts for monthly synchronous conversations where they interviewed each other, and exchanged information about their lives and cultures. The project also involved a monthly blog and a video report where students talked about their TeleTandem partner and reflected on their learning experience.

Keywords

Telecollaboration; Tandem; Teletandem; Institutional tandem; Language exchange project; Synchronous communication; Oral communication; Interlanguage learning; Intercultural competence

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