Cultural Identity and Intercultural Learning: Individual Learners’ Experiences in Telecollaboration
Identity, Multilingualism and CALL - Responding to New Global Realities - Liudmila Klimanova
Anastasia Izmaylova [+]
Anastasia Izmaylova is the Director of the Language Learning Center at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. She works with faculty and students to promote and coordinate language and culture learning. In her research, Dr. Izmaylova focuses on intercultural competence and issues surrounding teaching and learning of culture. Her other research area is the use of web technologies in language instruction. In particular, she explores the use of social media as platforms for projects aimed at community-building and the development of interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.
This chapter explores the reciprocal relationship between language learners’ cultural identities and their telecollaboration experience. On the one hand, learners’ identities and positioning affected the degree of their intercultural competence development in the exchange. On the other hand, telecollaboration offered learners a space to explore and reimagine their cultural identities.