What’s with the Attitude? Exploring Attitudinal Resources in Telecollaboration for Teacher Education

Understanding Attitude in Intercultural Virtual Communication - Ana Oskoz

D. Joseph Cunningham [+-]
Georgetown University
Joe Cunningham is Assistant Professor of German at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he is also Director of the undergraduate curriculum. Situated at the intersection of technology-mediated second language pedagogy and instructed pragmatic development, his research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as The CALICO Journal and Language Learning & Technology. In addition to studying the benefits of virtual exchange for second language learning and teacher education, Dr. Cunningham is interested in the role of telecollaboration at the curricular level.
Marianna Ryshina-Pankova [+-]
Georgetown University
Marianna Ryshina-Pankova is Associate Professor of German and Director of Graduate Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. In collaboration with her colleagues she is actively involved in the maintenance, revision, and evaluation of the undergraduate curriculum and in mentoring graduate students in the program. Her research involves application of systemic functional theory in language pedagogy and content- and language-integrated curriculum design, development of advanced second language literacy and intercultural communicative competence through telecollaboration, and foreign language teacher education.

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Understanding Attitude in Intercultural Virtual Communication focuses on attitude, the “willingness to explore, learn and participate in online networks, collaborate with others, share ideas, knowledge, media and contribute to the collective construction of knowledge” (Helm & Guth, 2010, p. 81) in telecollaborative encounters. Recent studies have suggested that, to ensure successful virtual collaboration, interpersonal factors such as identity, rapport and trust are essential and the development of these factors relies heavily on the attitudinal dimension and how participants chose to reflect it in their interaction (Oskoz & Gimeno-Sanz, in press; Vinagre & Corral, 2018; Vinagre & Corral, forthcoming). In telecollaboration, research on the participants’ use of attitudinal resources has been mostly content-based and Byram’s (1997) model of intercultural competence the approach most widely used for analysis. More recently, studies have looked at attitude from a linguistic perspective, and frameworks such as appraisal (Martin & White, 2005) that examine L2 learners’ attitudes and ideological positions have been employed. Despite these efforts, research in this field is still scarce and this volume aims to further explore this topic by gathering contributions in which a variety of approaches and perspectives have been taken to investigate attitude in virtual communication.

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Cunningham, D. Joseph; Ryshina-Pankova, Marianna. What’s with the Attitude? Exploring Attitudinal Resources in Telecollaboration for Teacher Education. Understanding Attitude in Intercultural Virtual Communication. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Apr 2020. ISBN 9781781799376. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39225. Date accessed: 17 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39225. Apr 2020

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