This seminar presents experiences in the use of collaborative and social tools in cross-cultural university language learning settings. Aberystwyth University (Wales) and Masaryk University (Czech Republic) Language Centres use a wide range of synchronous (chat, video conferencing, filming) and asynchronous (email, forum, wiki) communication tools to focus on individual/collaborative and formal/informal activities.
Presented by Libor Štěpánek and Janice De Haff.
Both universities collaborate in real social and cross-cultural situations during language learning both inside and outside classrooms. Our seminar will introduce collaborative programmes currently in place at both venues. We will concentrate on the process of successful implementation of learning technologies and present some student and teacher feedback (positive and negative) which influenced our decisions. Our purpose is to stimulate a discussion concerning current limits of ICT, inspire the creative use of ICT supported learning and determine a balance between traditional and new methods that best serves learners‘ needs.