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Skype Collaboration Groningen-Padua

Aim of the Project

Students often wish to practise their speaking skills more regularly, but they are sometimes reluctant to take the initiative to talk with their own classmates in English. This project provides learners of English at the universities of Groningen and Padua with assignments to structure their discussions with other learners at approximately the same language level. Using Skype as the medium for communication, the project lowers the threshold for students to speak English with other learners outside the classroom.

Project Content

Skype was installed in the language labs at both universities, together with a programme to record all the discussions on video. Furthermore, an electronic learning environment was created through which the students could find descriptions of the assignments as well as instructions for the various tools they were expected to use. After recording the assignments, students were asked to assess their own performance using the assessment tool WebCEF. They then received teacher feedback on their self-assessment. Students were generally enthusiastic about the exercise and enjoyed the opportunity to practise their English outside the walls of the classroom. We aim to continue this exchange not only with learners of English, but also with learners of Dutch and Spanish in the near future.

Contact us

  • If you would like more information about this project, please contact Estelle Meima.
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