International online communication with the International Virtual Exchange project


Hagley E., Johnson A., Tuncer H.

17th Annual CamTESOL VIRTUAL Conference, ‘Actions and Innovations in Teaching and Learning’, Phnum-Penh, Cambodia, 5 - 07 February 2021, pp.56

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Phnum-Penh
  • Country: Cambodia
  • Page Numbers: pp.56
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The phrase "Global community" is thrown around a lot but is experienced by few students studying EFL. The International Virtual Exchange Project is changing that. Over the last 5 years more than 20,000 students from 20 countries interacted with each other online via this project. These students now have a better idea of what it means to communicate with people around the world - this experience puts them in good stead to feeling more confident in future international interactions. Students have authentic communication with non-native speakers and, because of this, have access to non-native use of English. Students often have to negotiate meaning because of this and acquiring this skill is essential to developing better communication. Employers will appreciate students with a better understanding of non-native English writing and speaking as these will be the people that most people will be communicating in English with in the coming century. The project will be outlined and some results from research done on participating students presented.