Intercultural learning via videoconferencing: Students' attitudes and experiences

Ruby Vurdien*, Pasi Puranen

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    Abstract

    Although asynchronous communication tools have traditionally been used in online interactions, recently increasing popularity has been noted in the application of synchronous communication tools to facilitate intercultural learning. This chapter will explore and report on a study of how students from two countries, Spain and Finland, developed intercultural competence through the use of a video-conferencing platform, Adobe Connect, as a learning context. English was the lingua franca and the exchange of information was aimed at helping the students to learn about different aspects of each other's culture to develop intercultural competence. The findings suggest that the students' attitude to their learning experience was positive, since they were curious to explore each other's cultural traits. Videoconferencing was considered an effective tool because it enabled them to share experiences and build up a relationship, thereby enhancing their knowledge of both cultures. Body language also encouraged interaction since they could see each other via videoconferencing.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCross-Cultural Perspectives on Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
    Pages264-282
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Electronic)9781522554646
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2018
    MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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