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Online Intercultural Exchange

Policy, Pedagogy, Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Robert O'Dowd, Tim Lewis


308 pages

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This volume provides a state of the art overview of Online Intercultural Exchange (OIE) in university education and demonstrates how educators can use OIE to address current challenges in university contexts such as internationalisation, virtual mobility and intercultural foreign language education. Since the 1990s, educators have been using virtual interaction to bring their classes into contact with geographically distant partner classes to create opportunities for authentic communication, meaningful collaboration and first-hand experience of working and learning with partners from other cultural backgrounds. Online exchange projects of this nature can contribute to the development of learner autonomy, linguistic accuracy, intercultural awareness, intercultural skills and electronic literacies.

Online Intercultural Exchange has now reached a stage where it is moving beyond individual classroom initiatives and is assuming a role as a major tool for internationalization, intercultural development and virtual mobility in universities around the globe. This volume reports qualitative and quantitative findings on the impact of OIE on universities in Europe and elsewhere and offers comprehensive guidance on using OIE at both pedagogical and technological levels. It provides theoretically-informed accounts of Online Intercultural Exchanges which will relevant to researchers in Computer Assisted Language Learning, Computer-Mediated Communication, or Virtual Education. Finally, contributors offer a collection of practitioner-authored and practically-oriented case studies for the benefit of teachers of foreign languages or in other subject areas who wish to engage in developing the digital literacy and intercultural competences of their learners.


"Compared to previous edited volumes on OIE… this book sheds more light on the recent university-level OIE projects. The text excels at providing breadth and sophistication in addressing discrete, task-based language learning pedagogies whilst keeping in mind a critically framed holistic perspective of developing intercultural communication competence. One of the book's primary advantages is that it explores highly diverse OIE practices, incorporating the roles of university education policy makers as well as OIE practioners, which will likely be useful for those planning for the future design and implementaion of an OIE project."

-- Moonyoung Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

"The major strengths of this volume are epitomised by the remarkable attempts at the external and internal integration of OIE. External integration is represented by chapter author's efforts to promote a tripartite integration of policy, pedagogy and practice in OIE (as the volume’s sub-title rightfully suggests). Dedicated chapters (De Wit, Guth, Wilson, Tudini) provide valuable insights into the two way contribution between institutional policies and OIE, highlighting the latter as a worthy endeavour in the internationalisation agenda."

- Zhiwei Wu, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in JOURNAL OF MULTILINGUAL AND MULTICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT, 2017

"…the book in question stands out in both fields, OIE and internationalization, as a recent and valuable contribution. Researchers, teachers, and practitioners can benefit from an enlightening text that is fundamental for education in general and language teaching in particular."

- José Marcelo Feitas de Luna, Universidade do Vale do Itajaí, and Rodrigo Schaefer, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Revista Brasiliera de Educação

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction and Background to Online Intercultural Exchange 1. Introduction to Online Intercultural Exchange and this Volume Tim Lewis and Robert O’Dowd 2. Online Intercultural Exchange and Foreign Language Learning: A Systemic ReviewTim Lewis and Robert O’Dowd Part 2: Integrating Online Intercultural Exchange in University Education 3. Internationalisation and the Role of Online Intercultural ExchangeHans de Wit4. Online Intercultural Education in Europe: State of the Art and Implications for the FutureSarah Guth5. Internationalization, the Bologna Process and Online Intercultural Exchange: Seeking Common Ground Melanie H. Wilson 6. An Overview of Online Intercultural Exchange in the Australian Context Vincenza Tudini Part 3: The Pedagogy of Online Intercultural Exchange 7. Designing Tasks for University Online Intercultural ExchangeAndreas Mueller-Hartmann and Gosia Kurek8. Facilitated Dialogue in Online Intercultural Exchange Francesca Helm9. Combining Classroom-based Learning and Online Intercultural Exchange in Blended Learning Courses Elke Nissen 10. ‘Please Remove Your Avatar From My Personal Space’: Competences of the Telecollaboratively Efficient Person Melinda Dooly 11. A New Approach to Assessing Online Intercultural Exchanges: Soft Certification of Participant EngagementMirjam Hauck and Teresa MacKinnon Part 4: Online Intercultural Exchange in Practice 12. The Clavier Network Teresa McKinnon 13. The Teletandem Network Paola Leone and Joao Telles 14. The Cultura Exchange Programme GIlberte Furstenberg 15. The Cultnet Intercultural Citizenship Project Michael Byram 16. The COIL Network: Online Intercultural Exchange in the SUNY Network of Universities Jon Rubin Part 5: The Future of Online Intercultural Exchange 17. Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future of Online Intercultural Exchange Robert O'Dowd

About the Editors

Robert O'Dowd teaches EFL and trains teachers at the University of León, Spain (, where he is Director of International Training. He holds a PhD from the University of Essen.

Tim Lewis has taught Languages and Cultures since 1980 in London, Sheffield and elsewhere. He is currently Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology at the Open University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication

Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication publishes theoretically informed and empirically grounded research monographs and edited volumes that offer state of the art reviews of and debates in this evolving field. Its aim is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and methodological innovations, thereby extending the scope of intercultural communication. Titles in this series also seek to maintain a strong practical and professional interest and inform and influence teaching and learning, business and organizational communication, daily communication, and beyond.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General