ADAM JENKINS (SHIZUOKA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)

INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL EXCHANGE: GETTING STUDENTS EXCHANGING LANGUAGE AND IDEAS WITH PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD : COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION IN ELT

In this workshop I will introduce the International Virtual Exchange Project (IVEProject). Students participating in the IVEProject, under the guidance of their teachers, interact in forums with students in many other countries using English to exchange information and ideas. They use text, audio, video and other multimedia to learn about their own and other cultures, authentically using the language they are studying to participate in real-world communicative discussion. The IVEProject provides students with the opportunity to not only improve their English ability, but also to increase their confidence, intercultural sensitivity, and even knowledge of their own culture. Students also become more motivated to learn English and develop a greater interest in other cultures throughout the exchange. This workshop will show how the exchange is conducted. Teachers around the world are invited to participate in this International Virtual Exchange.

Adam Jenkins is the Moodle administrator for the Shizuoka Institute of Science and Technology in Japan. He is also administrator for the International Virtual Exchange Project's Moodle as well as being a language teacher and user of the systems he maintains.