The purpose of this project was to explore how the integration of technology affects students’ communicative and cultural proficiency in a second language when connecting two world language classrooms from across the globe. Through a series of weekly emails between partner schools, students practiced their interpretive reading and presentational writing skills while gaining knowledge of their partners’ cultures and colloquial language in a meaningful and individualized manner. The participants were U.S. high school students learning Spanish and Spanish high school students learning English. This created an authentic and organic environment for language acquisition, showing improvement in both communicative and cultural proficiency. Data collected was qualitative and quantitative to capture adequately student improvement. Through analysis of the feedback, both stated by students and observed, an updated curriculum guide was created to help the project improve in future implementation.
"The Globalized Classroom: Integrating Technology to Improve Communicative and Cultural Proficiency,"
International ResearchScape Journal: Vol. 4
, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/irj/vol4/iss1/11
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