Academic e-tandems as a strategy for English language learning in a Mexican university

Serrato Salazar, Dan Isaí y Padilla Rodríguez, Brenda Cecilia (2020) Academic e-tandems as a strategy for English language learning in a Mexican university. Open praxis, 12 (3). pp. 417-424. ISSN 2304-070X

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E-tandems, or virtual synchronous exchanges, offer opportunities for language learners to practice their skills with native speakers. While they are regularly conducted informally, some institutions are exploring their academic use. This paper reports on the experience of eight students who were learning English at a public university in Mexico. They connected via Skype with a group of peers who were taking a Spanish course in the United Kingdom. Data sources included field notes taken during the e-tandem session, a follow-up survey and a focus group. Participants reported feeling motivated and excited about meeting students from another country. They practiced their oral language skills and received feedback directly from native speakers. Their learning included nonverbal communication, such as hand gestures. Participants discovered cultural differences but also common ground with their peers. The e-tandem experience was an effective strategy for foreign language learning.

Tipo de elemento: Article
Palabras claves no controlados: e-tándem, motivación, habilidades de comunicación oral, aprendizaje cultural, aprendizaje de lenguas extranjeras
Materias: P Lengua y Literatura > PE Lenguas Inglesas
Divisiones: Filosofía y Letras > Maestría en Lingüística Aplicada a la Enseñanza de Lenguas Extranjeras
Usuario depositante: Doctor Dan Isaí Serrato
Serrato Salazar, Dan Isaí
Padilla Rodríguez, Brenda
Fecha del depósito: 27 Sep 2022 20:26
Última modificación: 27 Sep 2022 20:26

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