Designing an intercultural activity

Teacher trainees design an intercultural activity that allows their learners to learn more about their partners in a telecollaborative project.

Institution reporting the task:

Language of task instructions:

English

Target Group:

Foreign language teachers

Level:

B2
C1

References and acknowledgements:

None

Type:

Collaborative tasks

Estimated Duration:

3 sessions

Topic:

Intercultural activity

Tags:

intercultural
collaboration
task design

Acknowledgements:

None

Language Configurations:

Lingua Franca

Language(s) that the task can be used in:

Any

Dominant language production:

Writing/reading asynchronous
Speaking/listening synchronous

Target Competences:

Language competence
Intercultural skills
Online communication skills
Teaching skills

Specific pedagogical objectives:

Development of students interest in cultural similarities and differences
Designing tasks that focus on intercultural learning

Suggested Communication Tools:

Collaborative tools
Real time conferencing

Suggested Resources:


Possible tools to use for task design (created by Gosia Kurek from Wyższa Szkoła Lingwistyczna)

Dear Students,

here is a handful of tools that you may find useful in designing online tasks. You can easily find them by simply googling the name.

Many of the suggested
tutorials suggested here
have been prepared by Russel Stannard, who is a great enthusiast of using new technologies in education. You may like to visit his technology blog
available at
http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/

and learn much more about what’ s available for online teaching and lerning.


tool

description

tutorials

Weebly

A very intuitive tools for creating online websites. It’ s based on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMBknOSR0CA

Tools for creating interactive exercises

Learning apps

http://learningapps.org/

A set of free online tools for creating activities such as crosswords, gap filling, matching,
or a cloze test. Can be easily embedded into a website, wiki , blog etc.

(available from the website)

Tools for voice recording

Vocaroo

A very simple podcasting tool. You can record
a
voice message with a click of a button and
then email it.

http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/vocaroo1/index.html

Fotobabble

Students upload a picture and record a narrative. Simple and intuitive

http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/fotobabble/index.html

Voicethread

Creating audio discussion threadfs (several people participating in one thread). Can be based on a picture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW2nb7FO7p8

Voxopop

Voxopop is like an oral discussion board. You can set up topics and questions and then ask the students to record their answers.

http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/voxopop/index.html

Presentation tools

Sliderocket

A great presentation tool
for creating and sharing online presentations.

You already know this one. A
just-in-case tutorial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2WetbfgEIg

Prezi

Prezi is an unusal presentation tool as it uses a zoom-in/zoom-out
rather than a linear logic. Great for group-editing or group viewing.

(available from the website)

Glogster

This is a kind of graphic blog, or electronic poster. You can add text, video and
sound. A really good tool for presenting a project or a topic. Unfortunately, no co-editing is possible, but students can use a joint account.

http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/glogster/index.html

Wallwisher

A virtual board where you can pin up your ideas, links, documents or even embed other materials. The wall can be public , with others being able to add their own ideas.

http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/wall/index.html

Working with video (You Tube) materials

Listen and Write

This is a superb site for creating online dictations. Great for developing listening skills.
You can create a dictation based on a video or audio clip and your students will be able to work on their own. It’ s highly addictive!

http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/listenWrite/index.html

ESL video

A tool for creating online comprehension/vocabulary/grammar quizzes to match You Tube clips. Simple to use. Under teacher account you can create classes and make the students send their results to you.

http://www.eslvideo.com/eslvideo_how_to.php

Tools for promoting online (cooperative) writing

Pbworks

One of the most popular wiki tools. Good for making students collaborate, create a pool of materials and/or communicate online .It can serve as a website.

http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/pbworks/index.html

Just paste it

A tool for collaborative writing/note taking. You can also add pictures + video. Really good and intuitive. Exporting to pdf. Ideal to make
your students work on
a project.

(so simple you don’ t need a tutorial)

Storybird

A great tool for creating professionally illustrated online books. Thanks to the asynchronous co-editing function, students can work in pairs.



http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/storybird/index.html

Tools for video editing

Windows Movie Maker

A basic tool for video editing. It’ s available with any Windows system.
You can combine pictures, audio and video and make them into a video clip.

A set of three tutorials, the first one available form
here:

http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/winMovieMaker01/index.html




Instructions:


Designing a practice task, do such a task, and evaluate it.


Instructions:

Design an intercultural activity which will help learners to get to know more about the partner.

Try to integrate different tools that allow learners to collaborate (see suggestions below).

After having completed the task, submit your task to a pool on our moodle platform.Each international group then chooses from this pool the task they like best, do the task in their group and argue


1) why they chose this task and

2) if it worked the way they had assumed it would work and what the reasons are for that and

3) how it can be improved.

Learner Texts:

None

Document related to the task:

None

Criteria for Completion:

Students design a task that allows for intercultural elarning. They integrate one or two multimodal tools into their task design.

Comments and suggestions:

None

Author/copyright:

Gosia Kurek (Wyższa Szkoła Lingwistyczna), Andreas Müller-Hartmann (University of Education, Heidelberg)

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