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An exploration of the potential role of digital technologies for promoting learning in foreign language classrooms: lessons for a pandemic

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posted on 2020-10-12, 08:33 authored by Mary MastersonMary Masterson
This study focuses on long-term digital technologies assisted cross-cultural communication as an instructional model. Secondary school foreign language learners of German and English collaborated online with the same age-cohort peers to acquire new cultural knowledge, as well as develop digital technologies skills. Findings revealed that digital technologies facilitated personalised student-led learning through an inquiry-based approach. Results further indicated that the learners had rich opportunities to share their stories and to think critically about themselves and others. Indeed, pupils enriched their understanding of their partner’s culture as well as developing an enhanced understanding of the influence of culture on behaviour and thinking. The students learned to use digital technologies by creating digital profiles, posting their comments, asking questions, exchanging cultural information, and gaining linguistic and cultural experience of a native speaker in a virtual space. This paper shows that with the purposeful integration of digital technologies in foreign language classrooms opportunities for richer student learning experiences can be promoted. This is more relevant than ever before given the fallout and educational delivery challenges deriving from the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning;15 (4)

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Kassel University Press

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peer-reviewed

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English

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