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Conflicts in cyberspace: From communication breakdown to intercultural dialogue in online collaborations
|Title:||Conflicts in cyberspace: From communication breakdown to intercultural dialogue in online collaborations|
Von der Emde, Silke
|Date Issued:||01 Jan 2005|
|Publisher:||Heinle Cengage Learning|
|Citation:||Schneider, J., Von der Emde, S. (2005). Conflicts in cyberspace: From communication breakdown to intercultural dialogue in online collaborations. The American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Languages Programs (AAUSC), 178-206. http://hdl.handle.net/102015/69624|
|Abstract:||This chapter addresses problems of misunderstanding and conflict that arise in online collaborations between native speakers and language learners. Rather than devising strategies for avoiding conflict, it establishes a dialogic paradigm for making conflict and tension a valuable component of intercultural learning.To demonstrate the practical effects of this theoretical shift to a dialogic model and away from strategies embodied in the communicative competence model, we present a qualitative analysis of online discussion transcripts, face-to-face class discussions, and student postings gathered during a MOO collaboration in fall 2003 between fifth-semester students studying German at Vassar College in New York state and advanced students studying|
applied linguistics and English at the University of Münster in Germany.As
our data suggest, online exchanges are most successful when they include a coherent, intercultural content focus with the potential to raise issues of cultural difference, meaningful project work, and regular opportunities for
reflection on the exchange and meta-reflection on intercultural learning.
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2005 INTERNET-MEDIATED INTERCULTURAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION|
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