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A Design for Intercultural Exchange – An Analysis of Engineering Students’ Interaction with English Majors in a Poetry Blog

Linda Bradley (Institutionen för tillämpad informationsteknologi (Chalmers) ; Linnécentret for forskning om lärande (LinCS) ; Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande ) ; Berner Lindström ; Hans Rystedt ; Magnus Gustafsson (Institutionen för tillämpad informationsteknologi (Chalmers))
Second language teaching and learning with technology: views of emergent researchers p. 229. (2011)
[Kapitel]

Web based writing platforms allowing for exchanges across the world are increasingly being used in education. These recent forms of textual practice are highly related to conditions offered by the technology, allowing users, who previously were primarily consumers, to become producers of text. This chapter investigates student interaction over a blog in an intercultural student exchange between native speakers and nonnative speakers of English in higher education analysing and interpreting poetry. The groups of students involved in this study belong not only to different academic disciplines, but also differ in terms of nationality and language background. In the blog posts, the students’ cultural voices are heard, offering a meeting between very contrasting groups. Scrutinising the student postings, the threaded discussions show ways that students thematise content and meaning in the poems. The results show that there are a number of features at play in an intercultural environment where language and translation issues are prominent parts of the student discussions, offering extended perspectives to the students’ initial views. Collaborative efforts in such a diverse environment are important when negotiating meaning and extending students’ understanding of poetry.

Nyckelord: blog, intercultural interaction, collaboration, negotiating meaning


Editors: Thouësny, Sylvie and Bradley, Linda



Denna post skapades 2011-08-01. Senast ändrad 2016-04-11.
CPL Pubid: 143748

 

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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för tillämpad informationsteknologi (Chalmers)
Linnécentret for forskning om lärande (LinCS) (GU)
Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande (GU)
Institutionen för tillämpad informationsteknologi (GU) (GU)

Ämnesområden

Övrig informationsteknik
Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
Kommunikationsvetenskap
Språkstudier

Chalmers infrastruktur

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