Enhancing students' intercultural competence and learner autonomy via facebook telecollaboration

Ruby Vurdien*, Pasi Puranen

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    Abstract

    This chapter reports on a Spanish-Finnish telecollaborative task-based study that was conducted with a view to exploring students' intercultural learning experience via Facebook employed as the educational platform. Nineteen Spanish and 17 Finnish students were afforded the opportunity to interact with each other in an authentic environment on the social networking site outside of class to elicit relevant information regarding each other's culture in terms of leisure activities and university education. Data analysis showed that the participants felt stimulated to take part in this novel learning experience and adopted a positive attitude towards their online interactions. They were able to manage their tasks without the assistance of their tutors, which encouraged them to become autonomous learners. Facebook can be considered an effective tool to foster intercultural competence development through successful exchange of pertinent information.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Integrating Technology Into Contemporary Language Learning and Teaching
    Pages240-260
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Electronic)9781522551416
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2018
    MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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