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Promoting Intercultural Learning through Synchronous Video Exchange: A Talk Abroad Case Study

Promoting Intercultural Learning through Synchronous Video Exchange: A Talk Abroad Case Study
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Author(s): Ann Warner-Ault (The College of New Jersey, Ewing Township, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Pages: 14
Source title: International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Bin Zou (Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China) and Michael Thomas (University of Central Lancashire, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/IJCALLT.2020010101

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Abstract

The current study explores utilizing the ACTFL cultural framework to structure synchronous video-based speaking activities and subsequent class discussions. The study includes 39 students in two sections of an intermediate-level college Spanish course who engaged in five 30-minute conversations with native speakers of Spanish via Talk Abroad during one semester. Quantitative and qualitative data from the semester suggest students' oral proficiency and critical cultural awareness improved. A comparison of survey data indicates that student-reported satisfaction and learning via Talk Abroad was comparable to that of virtual exchanges coordinated by professors during previous semesters. These findings suggest third-party providers can provide students a similar level of learning and engagement for less of an investment in time, technology, and institutional resources than has been reported in previous studies.

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