Teacher Trainees in intercultural exchange

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Project Details

This exchange involved future Primary-School teachers at the University of León, Spain (B1 level in English) working with students of Spanish in Missouri, USA (B1 level of Spanish). The exchange was located on a NING platform.

What is a NING? Ning is an online platform for people and organizations to create custom social networks. Ning offers users the ability to create a community website with a customized appearance and feel, feature sets such as photos, videos, forums and blogs. Your NING can be password protected so, in this sense, it can be a perfect 'closed environment' for your online exchanges.

The exchange lasted for one term and it has been repeated with different groups of students at the two universities over the past three years.

Main focus: 
Teacher Training
Exchange institution(s): 
Other exchange institutions: 
University of Missouri
Language configuration: 
Bilingual
Language(s) used: 
English
Spanish
Dominant form of language production: 
Writing/reading asynchronous
Target Competences: 
Language Competence
Intercultural Skills
Tutoring Skills
Replicability: 
These tasks and the NING tool can be adapted easily to other classes quite easily. The students in León were future teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Spanish primary schools. However, there is no reason why this platform and these tasks could not be used with other groups of learners.

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