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  • Crossing Borders: Digital Cultural Exchange for Preservice Teachers NECC 2004
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  • Presenters Karen Jogan Albright College, Reading PA Michele Mislevy Albright College, Reading PA Ana Heredia Universidad de Tarapac, Arica Chile Gladys Aguilera Universidad de Tarapac, Arica Chile
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  • Overview What? Cultural and bilingual exchange (Spanish English) Why? To advance proficiency in target language and culture How? Through collaboration and technology For whom? Preservice teachers
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  • Outline Digital exchange as best practice Establishing institutional collaboration Addressing standards Examining contexts of instruction Defining project objectives four models for cross-cultural exchange Challenges and possible solutions Discussion
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  • Defining a best practice in preservice teacher education Provide authentic context for learning target language and target culture Allow for collaborative learning Incorporate technology in the instructional model
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  • Defining culture What is culture? some definitions
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  • Defining culture Culture isbelieving that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun, I take culture to be those websand the analysis of [culture] to be an interpretive one in search of meaning. Clifford Geertz
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  • Defining culture How can we engage students in interactive discussion of culture? How can students view another cultural perspective? How can we help students interpret the web of another culture?
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  • Defining culture Establish cross cultural connections Connect with a colleague abroad Connect students with peers abroad Locate a colleague abroad through
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  • Addressing standards National and international organizations ISTE ACTFL American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages TESOL Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Ministry of Education abroad
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  • Selecting appropriate technology Consider lowest common denominators E-mail PowerPoint sound digital images streaming video Blogs
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  • Selecting appropriate technology Advantages of asynchronous dialogue Learner centered Self-paced No time zone problems Requires limited tech skill
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  • Examining contexts of instruction: in Arica, Chile in Reading, Pennsylvania
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  • Examining contexts of instruction Preservice teachers Similar age Similar educational background Similar interests Similar motivational level
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  • Examining contexts of instruction Roles of coordinators in US and in Chile
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  • Defining project objectives Cross-cultural competence Communicative competence Interactive strategies Critical thinking and analysis of authentic texts Collaborative strategies to support peer correction
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  • Defining project objectives: cross-cultural e-mail Advantages of e-mail Promotes active collaboration Authentic, meaningful context Immediate and efficient culture is dialogically created through language in discourse
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  • Defining project objectives: cross-cultural e-mail Project design Time frame Topics Process Coaching in dialog journal strategies Assessment
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  • Defining project objectives: cross-cultural PowerPoint Collaborative research projects On site team research Dialog and discussion Comparison and contrast Creative final project
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  • Defining project objectives: cross-cultural PowerPoint Possible topics: Compare Independence Day activities Compare daily activities in school Compare a supermarket Interview an individual in a specific career Describe a local monument and its significance
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  • Cross cultural PowerPoint -- examples
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  • [Click on picture to view project]
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  • Cross cultural PowerPoint -- examples [Click on picture to view project]
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  • Culture Modules Designing materials for teachers of English as a Foreign Language abroad
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  • Culture Modules Topic selection Design process storyboarding identifying and capturing digital artifacts Creating cultural module
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  • Culture Modules some examples [Click on picture to view project]
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  • Culture Modules some examples [Click on picture to view project]
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  • Developing cultural insights Post-questions: What did you learn about this topic in your own culture? What did you learn about cultural perspectives from your peers abroad?
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  • Collaborative research projects Topic choice Digital exchange for research project
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  • Collaborative research projects Sample topics: How can feedback on EFL essays improve writing skills? What strategies can be used to measure improvement in EFL listening? Compare education systems in USA and in Chile
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  • Collaborative Research Projects some examples
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  • Suggestions for Future Implementation Establish alternate lines of communication Assign peer/partner after training period Promote flexibility in topic choice Teach for improved coherence
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  • Drawing conclusions Cross cultural collaboration Promotes interactive dialog Builds empathy and critical thinking skills Employs a constructivist, learner-centered approach Empowers through technology
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  • Your turn Questions? Comments? Ideas for exchange?
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  • Contact Information Karen Jogan Michele Mislevy Ana Heredia Gladys Aguilera


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