Follow the TeCoLa team during the project. What news do we have? Let's see.

Unbenannte Mitteilung

posted 5 Dec 2018, 06:12 by Kurt Kohn   [ updated 5 Dec 2018, 06:13 ]

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!!


Training on gamification in virtual worlds

posted 29 Nov 2017, 09:50 by Kristi Jauregi

We had yesterday a very successful training session on gamification in the TeCoLa virtual world with Dutch teachers led by Nick Zwart. Inspiring session!



News about TeCoLa!

posted 13 Nov 2017, 04:19 by Miranda Renders

Hi everyone!

Just a quick update about our progress. Last September the TeCoLa team had a meeting in London and organised a multiplier event for all interested teachers. The teachers who were not able to physically attend in London could also sign in online and listen to some inspiring talks from our partners about telecollaboration and gamified learning. 
The teachers who were present enjoyed a very interesting hands-on workshop from Nick in which they were able to discover the TeCoLa Virtual World, experience the possibilities and learnt how to do, adapt and create various learning tasks. 

At the moment we are very busy providing online and face to face training sessions with teachers who are interested in participating in the project. 

If you are reading this and suddenly realise you would also like to join the project and give your students a chance to meet students from other countries in an authentic, instructive and informal virtual learning environment, make sure to sign up via the menu --> join us!

Stay tuned for more information!

TeCoLa Class Match

posted 29 Sep 2017, 02:56 by Kurt Kohn   [ updated 29 Sep 2017, 03:53 by Petra Hoffstaedter ]

Teachers who are interested in setting up a TeCoLa online exchange are invited to enter their data in the TeCoLa Class Match form:

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