Facebook for Engagement : Telecollaboration Between Finland and New Zealand in German Language Learning

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Korkealehto , K & Leier , V 2021 , ' Facebook for Engagement : Telecollaboration Between Finland and New Zealand in German Language Learning ' , International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching , vol. 11 , no. 1 , pp. 1-20 . https://doi.org/10.4018/IJCALLT.2021010101

Title: Facebook for Engagement : Telecollaboration Between Finland and New Zealand in German Language Learning
Author: Korkealehto, Kirsi; Leier, Vera
Contributor organization: Technology in Education Research Group
Department of Education
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching
ISSN: 2155-7101
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4018/IJCALLT.2021010101
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/329619
Abstract: This research presents a virtual exchange project between two tertiary institutions in New Zealand and Finland with 26 participants who were intermediate German language students. During the project, the students used a closed Facebook group to post about given topics; the posts combined video, audio, and text that adhered to multimodal meaning-making theory. The theoretical framework was task-based language teaching underpinned by the notion of engagement, social media in language learning, and telecollaboration. Language learning was viewed through a socio-cultural lens. A mixed-methods approach was used to collect data including questionnaires, interviews, and FB-logs. The qualitative data was analysed by content analysis method. The results indicate that the students perceived FB as an applicable tool for community building and they enjoyed the variation it brought to the course. Collaboration, use of communication tools, authenticity, and teachers' support fostered student engagement.
Subject: 6121 Languages
516 Educational sciences
113 Computer and information sciences
Facebook
German
Higher Education
Student Engagement
Telecollaboration
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCE
PERCEPTIONS
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: unspecified
Usage restriction: openAccess
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