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Authentic Language Learning through Telecollaboration in Online Courses


We describe the integration of telecollaborative language coaching sessions into an online Spanish program as the unifying thread for asynchronous learning and reflection activities. In survey responses, students reported improved language skills and cultural knowledge, and the ability to apply linguistic skills to “real-life” situations due to their virtual interactions with native speakers. The importance of authentic learning experiences in online language courses and online courses in other disciplines is discussed.

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Marull, C., Kumar, S. Authentic Language Learning through Telecollaboration in Online Courses. TechTrends 64, 628–635 (2020).

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  • Online language learning
  • Authentic language learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Synchronous communication
  • Telecollaboration
  • Virtual exchange