Íkala, Revista de Lenguaje y Cultura
versão impressa ISSN 0123-3432
NEVA, Carolina; LANDA-BUIL, María; CARTER, Beverly-Anne e IBRAHIM-ALI, Amina. Telecollaboration in Spanish as a Foreign Language in Trinidad. Íkala [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.24, pp. 75-102. ISSN 0123-3432.
Objective: To study how participation in tandem partnership influences the motivation towards the target language and culture and the autonomy of learners of Spanish as a foreign language in Trinidad and Tobago. Method: An action research project was conducted with 33 learners of Spanish in Trinidad and 33 learners of English in Colombia, who engaged in a seven week telecollaboration during which they used email and Web 2.0 technologies to communicate. Data were collected through questionnaires and a weekly journal. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were carried out. Results: The objectives of the project were all met. Conclusions: The project was a rich source of learning for all the participants and stresses the need of a deeper understanding of learners' language learning, an analysis of the sociocultural, psycholinguistic, and linguistic dimensions of intercultural competence in a specific context, and the critical assessment of the role of Web 2.0 technologies in fostering autonomy.
Palavras-chave : telecollaboration; Spanish as a foreign language; new technologies; learner autonomy; intercultural competence.