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Video Conferencing: Advantages and Limitations in Teaching Intercultural Communication in Foreign Language Education
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6227-1557
2012 (English)In: Proceedings of the 5th edition of the international conference “ICT for Language Learning”, Florence, Italy, 15 -16 November 2012, Italy: Libreriauniversitaria.it , 2012, 349-352 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The introduction of video conferencing platforms such as Skype, Adobe Connect, Marratech, etc., initiated a revolution in distance foreign language education. This new virtual classroom allows direct and instant interaction between teachers and students throughout the world, as well as among students themselves. Nonetheless, video conferencing also poses new challenges, such as the necessity of developing new teaching methodologies, pedagogies and modified syllabi. This new technology also generates difficulties and limitations due to the technological requirements needed for this interaction. Since current trends in foreign language education have shifted towards the promotion of intercultural communication competence which has its own specific teaching methods and tools, successful distance foreign language programs require innovative solutions that take into account both the developments in communication technology and intercultural educational perspectives in a synergistic way. The main focus of the paper is to bring together these two areas and to shed light on how the instant virtual language learning environment provided by video conferencing can help us in the implementation of the theory of intercultural communication in foreign language education. In order to examine this question, the paper presents a case study based on an action research designed for modifying a traditional beginners’ course of Chinese as a foreign language in Sweden. The research deals with revising the existing course syllabus, applying a task-based learning methodology and adding authentic video conferencing materials for the learners. The paper presents a pilot study that was conducted in order to explore the possibilities and limitations generated by video conferencing technology from the perspective of the theory of intercultural communication in foreign language education. The results of the study provide an important starting point for a new direction for research in this field.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Italy: Libreriauniversitaria.it , 2012. 349-352 p.
Series
ICT for Language Learning, 5
Keyword [en]
Video conferencing, distance learning, foreign language education, Chinese language, intercultural communication
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-13272ISBN: 978-88-6292-309-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-13272DiVA: diva2:665885
Conference
The 5th edition of the international conference “ICT for Language Learning”, Florence, Italy, 15 -16 November 2012
Available from: 2013-11-21 Created: 2013-11-15 Last updated: 2017-03-15Bibliographically approved

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