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Final conference TeCoLa

posted 26 Mar 2019, 03:38 by Kristi Jauregi   [ updated 26 Mar 2019, 03:39 ]

Our TeCoLa final conference to be held in Utrecht on the 17th of April is approaching!! 
Join us in Utrecht or online and learn about how (gamified) telecollaboration can contribute to language learning and the development of intercultural competences; what meaningful telecollaboration tasks are for learners; how to best get learners engaged in telecollaboration tasks; how to provide differentiation to better meet learners' needs and styles and much more. Come and listen to our enthusiastic teachers and their learners on how they have experienced (gamified) telecollaborations. And do participate in the final discussion with teachers, teacher trainers, policy makers and school directions on how telecollaboration projects can be best integrated in foreign language curricula at secondary schools.
Register here ( for this unique event. You don't want to miss it!!

Our presenters

Gamified Language Learning: A Treasure Hunt

posted 19 Mar 2019, 10:57 by Kurt Kohn   [ updated 19 Mar 2019, 10:59 ]

Guest blog on Language Acts and Worldmaking
by Elina Vilar, 14 Mar 2019

TeCoLa Virtual World meets eTwinning

posted 17 Jan 2019, 02:32 by Kurt Kohn   [ updated 17 Jan 2019, 02:34 ]

To all eTwinners! 
Don't miss this opportunity of exploring how the Tecola Virtual World can be used for pedagogical lingua franca communication

Please join me in my eTwinning Live event
Kurt Kohn, "Engaging foreign language students in intercultural virtual world activities" 
on 22nd January at 5 pm CET.

Drawing on our TeCoLa project outcomes, I will address the pedagogical need and challenge to enable foreign language students in secondary schools to develop intercultural communicative competence in their target language. 
We will explore and discuss solutions that make use of small-group interactions in the TeCoLa Virtual World. Intercultural communication is combined with a pedagogical lingua franca approach according to which students from different countries and cultures engage in authentic communicative interactions in their common foreign (target) language. 
Attention will be given to integrating TeCoLa Virtual World activities in existing eTwinning projects.


3rd TeCoLa Seminar, Utrecht University

posted 5 Dec 2018, 06:12 by Kurt Kohn   [ updated 17 Jan 2019, 02:58 ]

First announcement 
3rd TeCoLa Seminar 
"Gamified Intercultural Telecollaboration for Foreign Language Learning in Secondary Education",
17 April 2019,  Utrecht University

GO TO Programme and registration for free online and FtF attendance. 

TeCoLa workshops

posted 2 Oct 2018, 08:06 by Kurt Kohn   [ updated 3 Oct 2018, 02:37 ]

As a follow-up to the 2nd TeCoLa Seminar at the Université de Bordeaux (19th Sept 2018), the TeCoLa project team offers a series of free online workshops for small groups of teachers: 

  • The participants meet with TeCoLa hosts in the TeCoLa Virtual World and explore its potential for intercultural foreign language learning. 
  • The workshop and target languages include English, French, German, and Spanish.

Workshop dates are available HERE.

Teacher Voices

posted 11 Jul 2018, 09:33 by Kurt Kohn   [ updated 26 Sep 2018, 06:06 ]

Watch two secondary school teachers from the Netherlands and Germany talk about a TeCoLa telecollaboration exchange between their students in English as a pedagogical lingua franca.

2nd TeCoLa Seminar on the 19th of September

posted 29 Jun 2018, 07:14 by Kristi Jauregi   [ updated 6 Jul 2018, 03:27 by Petra Hoffstaedter ]

Are you interested in innovative foreign language pedagogies including internationalisation, telecollaboration and gamified interaction? 

Don't miss our TeCoLa Seminar to be held on the 19th of September in Bordeaux. 

Do you want to join us face-to face or online? Do please register hier: 

More information HERE

Join us in Bordeaux or follow us streaming!!

Gamified and discussion activities in the virtual world

posted 20 Jun 2018, 08:27 by Kristi Jauregi

The TeCoLa team is preparing exciting gamified and interaction activities in the virtual world for meaningful intercultural telecollaboration exchanges. Have a look at these two examples: breakfast and recycling waste. 


Many more gamified and interactive activities are coming: treasure hunt, false friends, snake & ladders... Learning languages by playing and discussing has never been so much fun!
Keep following us!

Kurt Kohn about the pedagogical lingua franca approach

posted 29 Apr 2018, 10:38 by Kurt Kohn   [ updated 30 Apr 2018, 07:15 ]

Many of the TeCoLa telecollaboration exchanges adopt a pedagogical lingua franca approach. According to this approach, the telecollaborating students communicate and interact with each other in their common target language. In the TeCoLa context, this mainly involves English, French, German or Spanish.

In his plenary talk at the 53rd RELC Conference in Singapore, 12 March 2018, Kurt explains the social constructivist underpinnings of using English as a pedagogical lingua franca and addresses the role of intercultural telecollaboration in this context. A video recording can be viewed on Youtube.

The talk mainly draws on three articles:
  • Kohn, K. (2018). MY English - a social constructivist perspective on ELF. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 7/1: 1-24,
  • Kohn, K. (2018). Towards the reconciliation of ELF and EFL: Theoretical issues and pedagogical challenges. In N. Sifakis & N. Tsantila (eds.), ELF in EFL Contexts. Bristol: Multilingual Matters (to appear in Oct 2018).
  • Kohn, K. and Hoffstaedter, P. (2017). Learner agency and non-native speaker identity in pedagogical lingua franca conversations: Insights from intercultural telecollaboration in foreign language education. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 30/5: 351-367,

Workshop to pre-service teachers at Utrecht University

posted 16 Feb 2018, 08:41 by Kristi Jauregi

Yesterday Nick Zwart provided a hands-on workshop on virtual worlds in language education to pre-service teachers at Utrecht University. The pre-service teachers analysed telecollaboration tasks developed during the TILA project (  and created their tasks for telecollaboration in virtual worlds. A very interesting session!!


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