Comunicación Mediada por Tecnologías - Aprendizaje y Enseñanza de la Lengua Extranjera - Marta González-Lloret

Comunicación Mediada por Tecnologías - Aprendizaje y Enseñanza de la Lengua Extranjera - Marta González-Lloret

Dinámicas de colaboración eficaz en la comunicación mediada por computador: Estudio de un caso de profesores en formación a distancia [Effective Collaborative Dynamics in Computer-Mediated Communication: A Case Study of Teacher Training in Distance Education]

Comunicación Mediada por Tecnologías - Aprendizaje y Enseñanza de la Lengua Extranjera - Marta González-Lloret

Margarita Vinagre [+-]
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
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Margarita Vinagre Laranjeira is an Associate Professor at Autónoma University of Madrid where she teaches English Language and Linguistics. Her main research interests are the integration of technologies in the foreign language classroom, computer-mediated communication, and the implementation of intercultural exchanges for the development of linguistic and generic competences. She has published widely on these topics and is currently the coordinator of the TELNETCOM project on the integration of technology in higher education, with 20 participating researchers from 5 countries.

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The integration of virtual collaborative exchanges in the foreign language classroom is becoming a popular practice for practitioners who wish to help their students improve a foreign language but also develop other skills and competences necessary for their personal and professional lives. These exchanges, when carried out worldwide, involve engaging students in international communication and project work with partners of different cultures located in distant locations. Research has also shown the potential of this activity for developing language skills and intercultural competence (Belz 2004; Vinagre & Muñoz 2011), learner autonomy (Fuchs et al. 2012), pragmatic aspects through social relationships (Kinginger 2000) and multiple literacies (Guth & Helm 2011). However, implementing virtual collaborative exchanges can be very challenging (Vinagre 2015), since teachers need to ensure that students develop dynamics that lead to successful collaboration. In order to discover what kind of behaviours (also linguistic) facilitate virtual collaboration in experiential learning environments, in this chapter we explore the data gathered from a group of three in-service teachers who were trained online over three months. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of participation, interaction and linguistic (politeness) resources suggest that the teachers granted more importance to fostering social interaction than to task completion. This interaction was characterized by constant participation, prompt responses, regular group discussion, relevant contribution within deadlines and commitment to the task (shared responsibility). As regards the analysis of linguistic behaviours in interaction, findings suggest that the teachers used mostly positive politeness strategies. These strategies facilitated the development of close and friendly relationships as the basis for reciprocity and mutual trust, both essential aspects for successful collaboration.

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Vinagre , Margarita. Dinámicas de colaboración eficaz en la comunicación mediada por computador: Estudio de un caso de profesores en formación a distancia [Effective Collaborative Dynamics in Computer-Mediated Communication: A Case Study of Teacher Training in Distance Education]. Comunicación Mediada por Tecnologías - Aprendizaje y Enseñanza de la Lengua Extranjera. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 145-166 Dec 2018. ISBN 9781781793596. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27990. Date accessed: 20 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27990. Dec 2018

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