Title of the Project
SpEakWise combines new technologies (WebCT, Moodle, Survey Monkey, Video-conferencing) with more traditional approaches to teaching and learning. The aim is to raise cultural awareness and pragmatic linguistic competence. Third-level students develop their intercultural communication skills through the target language in partnership with students following the same course in another European university. Participants are final-year students of Business Studies and German. SpEakWise enables students to explore and test intercultural communication and to engage in problem-solving and decision-making in German. Activities include non-participant observation, critical incident analysis, discourse completion tests, reflective journal writing and video-conference negotiation.
THE NELLIP NETWORK’S PERSPECTIVE
THE NATIONAL AGENCY’S PERSPECTIVE
Interesting and focused project that demonstrated very good processes and outcomes.
Comments on this Case Studies
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Posted by Finn Johnson (Ireland)
Message: To create language projects using new technologies is the way to go. It should be promoted and replicated. A very useful project for business students.
Posted by Franco Perla (Italy)
Message: Authentic intercultural communication is an important activity for all students, but in the language learning classroom, this kind of activities are limited. From this point of view SpEakWise is an interesting initiative.
At the same time, the use of new technologies as WebCT, Moodle, Survey Monkey, and video-conferencing enhances students’ interest and involvement. I think it would be a good idea to include in the initiatives the use of social networks.