A language exchange program: sustainability innovation in language and culture engagement

Fernández Pérez, Trinidad and García Pérez, Grisel and Santiago López, Joaquín (2013). A language exchange program: sustainability innovation in language and culture engagement. In: "11th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (EISTA'13)", 09/09/2013 - 12/09/2013, Orlando, Estados Unidos. pp. 159-163.

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Title: A language exchange program: sustainability innovation in language and culture engagement
Author/s:
  • Fernández Pérez, Trinidad
  • García Pérez, Grisel
  • Santiago López, Joaquín
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 11th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (EISTA'13)
Event Dates: 09/09/2013 - 12/09/2013
Event Location: Orlando, Estados Unidos
Title of Book: 11th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (EISTA'13)
Date: 2013
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Innovation; Sustainability; Second language (L2) learning; Virtual exchange; International cooperation; Interdisciplinarity
Faculty: E.U. de Arquitectura Técnica (UPM)
Department: Lingüistica Aplicada a la Ciencia y a la Tecnología
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Spanish Educational Laws have been promoting the widespread use of English; as a result, Spanish Uni versities are looking for ways to give students more international training in order to prepare them for a future that will increasingly involve global problems and partnerships. Therefore, the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain (UPM), and the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada (UBCO) have come together to offer opportunities for international collaboration and learning, thus facilitating virtual encounters among Spanish and Canadian students. The Language Exchange Program between the UPM and UBCO acts as a model for sustainability innovation in language and culture engagement as the students can interact with native speakers in communication tasks. This interdisciplinary initiative supports the latest methodological principles observed in the Common European Framework for Languages, such as autonomous and life-long learning, self-assessment and peer-assessment as well as the incorporation of new technologies to the learning process. Additionally the ‘virtual’ mobility is provided at no extra cost. This article presents the preliminary results of two virtual exchange programs that have been offering varied forms of study which are venue-independent, and have clearly expanded the range of scenarios for the students on both sides by promoting collaborative work and cultural exchange.

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Item ID: 33471
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/33471/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:33471
Official URL: http://www.iiis.org/CDs2013/CD2013SCI/IMSCI_2013/index.asp?id=0&area=25
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 29 Apr 2015 11:29
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2015 11:30
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