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Tell me about it: Pan-American collaborative language exchange projects By Aurora Castillo-Scott Ed.D . Juan Alcarria M.A. Telecollaboration in University Foreign Language Education February 12-14, 2014. eTandem Projects First Project:

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Tell me about it: Pan-American collaborative language exchange projects

By

Aurora Castillo-Scott Ed.D.

Juan Alcarria M.A.

Telecollaboration in University Foreign Language Education

February 12-14, 2014


  • eTandem exchange projects Projects

  • First Project:

    • Institution: EAFIT University, Medellín, Colombia

    • Courses:

      • GCSU: Intermediate Grammar

      • EAFIT: Intermediate Conversation

    • Length of Project: 3 semesters.

  • Second Project:

    • Institution: Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile.

    • Courses:

      • GCSU: Spanish Structure and Composition.

      • UdeC: Intermediate Conversation

    • Length of Project: 1 semester.


  • eTandem exchange projects Projects


  • Topics exchange projects

    • Colombia Project:

      • Personal Introductions – Family.

      • Childhood.

      • College life and plans for the future.

      • Learning languages and study abroad.

      • Culture topics (holidays, music, movies, sports, etc.).



  • Process: exchange projects

    • Step 1:

      • Students’ information (names – emails - Skype accounts).

      • Pair students (1 English speaker – 1-2 Spanish speakers).

      • Usernames/passwords.

      • Instructors’ training session.

    • Step 2:

      • Students’ training session (Wimba Instructions Handout – Project Guidelines – Essay/Blog grading criteria).

      • Meeting times and dates.


  • Step 3: exchange projects

    • Meeting at main Lobby.

    • Drag and drop (breakout rooms).

    • Greetings and start interactions.

    • Supervise interactions and technical problems.

    • Step 4:

      • Written reports/Blogs.


Suggestions and Limitations exchange projects

  • Suggestions:

    • Be organized.

    • Select and prepare topic ahead of time.

    • Select assessment technique.

    • Suggest/request time spent in each language.

    • Give clear instructions and expected outcomes.

    • Give brief introduction about the partner institution and students.

    • Reserve time for reflection before and after.


  • Suggestions cont. exchange projects

    • Select technology and back up technology.

    • Prepare technological support.

    • Train yourself, partner-instructor, students.

    • Select students’ pairs (if not at random).

    • Select dates, time and length of project.

    • Prepare handouts.

    • Cooperate with partner instructor.

    • Be open to last minute changes.

    • Make sure students have access to technological tools needed.


  • Limitations: exchange projects

    • Time difference between countries.

    • Time difference between classes.

    • Equal number of participants in each group.

    • Students accountability.

    • Internet speed/connection.

    • Technology malfunction.



Contribution of Jennifer Hosek and Mayu exchange projectsTakasaki(Queen’sUniversity)

[email protected] - [email protected]


  • What is exchange projectswww.LinguaeLive.ca?

  • A free tool for eTandem using VOIP (Skype) to help learners improve their language and cultural skills by making connection abroad.

Contribution of Jennifer Hosek and MayuTakasaki(Queen’sUniversity)

[email protected] - [email protected]


Unique exchange projectsElements

  • Free, non-commercial, open access.

  • Developed by instructors and students.

  • Designed for accountability and efficiency.

Contribution of Jennifer Hosek and MayuTakasaki(Queen’sUniversity)

[email protected] - [email protected]


  • How exchange projectswww.LinguaLive.ca works?

  • It provides 3 important roles for successful eTandem.

  • 1)Match maker for instructors:

  • LinguaeLive website provides a place where instructors can find their partners. Once instructors sign up, they can view potential partners and request partnership. LinguaeLive will match instructors according to their language pairing and their time frame.

Contribution of Jennifer Hosek and MayuTakasaki(Queen’sUniversity)

[email protected] - [email protected]


  • 2) exchange projectsMatch makerforstudents.

  • LinguaeLive matchesstudentsaccordingtotheir availability. Onceinstructorsarepairedup, theirstudents will signupandentertheiravailability. ThenLinguaeLive willmatchstudentsaccordingly. Havingmutually available time, pairscaneasilyscheduletheirsessions.

Contribution of Jennifer Hosek and MayuTakasaki(Queen’sUniversity)

[email protected] - [email protected]


  • 3) exchange projectsTime keeper!

  • Students canuseLinguaeLivetorecordtheirsessiontime. This functionmakesrecordkeepingeasyasinstructors can viewtheirstudents’ activityonline.

    *StudentsneedtoopenLiLiandtheirpreferred

    VOIP at the sametime. Startandstopbuttonshavetobepressed bydifferentstudentsforthecredibility.

Contribution of Jennifer Hosek and MayuTakasaki(Queen’sUniversity)

[email protected] - [email protected]


  • How to exchange projectsuseLignaueLive.ca

  • 1) Instructor signup 2) Instructorpairing

    • Upon signup, instructorscan see alistof‘Potential Complementally Courses’

Contribution of MayuTakasaki(Queen’sUniversity)

[email protected]


  • 1) exchange projectsStudents signup 2) Student pairing

Students willcreatetheirownaccountunder theirinstructor’saccountusing‘CourseCode’, andentertheiravailability. Instructorscanseetheirstudentsaccountactivities.

LiLiwilllistpotentialpartnersthathaveoverlapintheir availability. Studentscansendmessagefrom

here. Instructorcandecidewhether studentswillhave singleormultiplepartners.

Contribution of Jennifer Hosek and MayuTakasaki(Queen’sUniversity)

[email protected] - [email protected]


Contribution of Jennifer Hosek and MayuTakasaki(Queen’sUniversity)

[email protected] - [email protected]


Contribution of Jennifer Hosek and Mayu exchange projectsTakasaki(Queen’sUniversity)

[email protected] - [email protected]


Contribution of Jennifer Hosek and Mayu exchange projectsTakasaki(Queen’sUniversity)

[email protected] - [email protected]


  • Students’ Comments exchange projects

    • I learned more in this experience that what I could have learned from a book…now I am not nearly as nervous as before about speaking with native speakers, I am ready to practice with native speakers around the world.

EAFIT Students

GCSU Students


  • Students’ Comments exchange projects

  • I gained motivation and confidence to continue studying Spanish as a foreign language in hopes that I will become fluent one day. eTandem allowed me to realize that Spanish speakers living in a part of the world I have never been to can understand my Spanish without any problems and that gave me so much confidence in myself.

GCSU Students with UdeC Students (Chile)


  • Instructional exchange projectsvideo about Linguaelive (LiLi)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRpkvuxLwwQ


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