- Hello, England Calling
- Book/source title
- DIVERSE Conference Proceedings 2007 - 2008
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
This paper focuses on issues of language and culture as mediated by digital video technology. The research arises from a collaborative, internationally taught module where undergraduates from 4 different countries - the UK, the USA, Sweden and the Netherlands - use discussion forums within a VLE to discuss lan-guage-related topics. Within this larger community, a specific project integrating digital video into the VLE allowed Dutch students to present their papers to their UK peers, and for UK students to record a set of responses, to agreed guidelines. The focus taken in this paper is to consider the affordances of this technology for giving and getting feedback across cultural boundaries, and for intercultural communication in a wider sense. At a time when higher education providers are particularly concerned with internationalising their provision, but where students find international mobility difficult for financial reasons, digital video appears to offer much potential for meaningful connection. However, there are important issues about how groups in different cultures are positioned by the purposes of such video exchanges and the nature of the larger project within which they function (see various papers in Herring 1996 in this regard).
In this paper, we focus particularly on the roles taken up by the respective groups within the partnership and con-sider ways in which video communication enriched the learning experiences of the participants. We also consider some particular ways in which global issues of language use impacted on the project to frame the communication events.
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