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Close Encounters Of A New Kind: The Use Of Skype And Wiki In Telecollaboration, Sarah Guth, Nicoletta Marini-Maio Jan 2010

Close Encounters Of A New Kind: The Use Of Skype And Wiki In Telecollaboration, Sarah Guth, Nicoletta Marini-Maio

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This case study describes the second iteration of an intercontinental telecollaboration project between Italian students of English at the University of Padova, Italy, and American students of Italian at Dickinson College, USA. Students use skype for weekly synchronous conversations on pre-determined topics and a wiki for both organizational matters (calendars, Skype names, etc.) as well as for a bilingual collaborative writing project. The overall aims of the project are for students to use these Web 2.0 tools to perfect their communication skills in the language they are studying (L2) and to develop their intercultural communicative competence (Byram 1997).