25 September 2009

IRRODL Book Reviews

Online Communication in Language Learning and Teaching and Telecollaborative Language Learning

This review, from Vol 10, Issue 4 (2009) of IRRODL is of two books which may be of great interest to language teachers: Marie-Noƫlle Lamy and Regine Hampel (2007). Online Communication in Language Learning and Teaching. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230-00127-5 and Melinda Dooly (2008). Telecollaborative Language Learning. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group. ISBN 978-3-03911-523-5

"Both books focus on the communication aspects of language learning/teaching from two complementary perspectives and relate the development of communication skills to the fostering of intercultural competence. Lamy and Hampel are interested in computer-mediated communication (CMC) and have chosen to discuss it in the context of language learning (CMCL). Dooly et al. produced their work as a “guidebook moderating intercultural collaboration online” based on an innovative project they conducted."

24 September 2009

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