Developing intercultural communication in the EFL primary education classroom: Internationalization through virtual team collaboration with eTwinning

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Developing intercultural communication in the EFL primary education classroom: Internationalization through virtual team collaboration with eTwinning

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Title: Developing intercultural communication in the EFL primary education classroom: Internationalization through virtual team collaboration with eTwinning
Author: Alcaraz Mármol, Gema
Abstract: De acuerdo con el Marco Común Europeo de Referencia (MCER), la competencia intercultural es uno de los aspectos que se deben desarrollar como parte de la competencia comunicativa en una lengua extranjera. Dos grupos de alumnos de 6º de Educación Primaria trabajan en un proyecto sobre contaminación utilizando el inglés como lengua vehicular. El grupo experimental trabaja en colaboración con alumnos de un centro de Polonia a través de la herramienta eTwinning. Por su parte, el grupo de control realiza las mismas tareas, pero con equipos de trabajo formados por alumnos del mismo aula. Tras el proyecto, ambos grupos realizaron una encuesta de percepción sobre diversos aspectos relacionados con la competencia intercultural. Los resultados muestran que el grupo que trabajó con los alumnos polacos ha evolucionado más en su competencia intercultural que el grupo control. La colaboración con alumnos de otro país, que ha sido posible a través de eTwinning, parece haber contribuido al desarrollo de esta competencia.According to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), the intercultural competence is one of the aspects that must be developed as part of the communicative competence in a foreign language. Two groups of students in their 6th year of Primary Education work on a pollution project through English as the vehicular language. The experimental group works in collaboration with students from a school in Poland through the eTwinning tool. The control group performs the same tasks, but with working teams formed by students from the same classroom. After the project, both groups conducted a questionnaire about their awareness regarding intercultural communicative competence. Results reveal that the group that worked in collaboration with the international students developed their intercultural competence more than the other group. Collaboration with students from another country —which has been possible through eTwinning— seems to have contributed to the development of this competence.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10662/11467
Date: 2020


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