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|Title:||Language learning via e-mail - autonomy through collaboration|
|Publisher:||International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)|
|Citation:||Söntgens, K. (1999). Language learning via e-mail - autonomy through collaboration. In Hoadley, C. M. & Roschelle, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Computer Support for Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 1999 Conference. Palo Alto, CA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.|
|Abstract:||This paper will describe the development of different forms of language learning via e-mail with students on the BA German course at Bolton Institute of H.E, U.K. It will show how three different projects using the medium of e-mail have facilitated autonomous language learning, inter-cultural learning in a European context and ultimately if and how technology has brought students from Germany and the UK closer together in a shrinking world. It will outline the principle features of language learning autonomy, which is understood not to be a matter-of-fact state that learners reach once and for all, but one they have to keep working towards. It is thus the aim of instruction to provide learning scenarios that will foster language learning autonomy. I will put forward the view that collaborative group work via e-mail can provide such a language learning context. The paper will be presented with a view to outlining problems, pitfalls and success stories and to giving advise to other individuals and institutions who are wishing to implement similar projects and also to generate discussion about using the medium of E-mail to facilitate learner autonomy through collaboration.|
|Appears in Collections:||CSCL 1999|
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