icEurope – Intercultural Communication in Europe
Web Collaboration and E-learning in the English Classroom
icEurope is a Comenius multilateral project (142672-LLP-1-2008-1-DE-COMENIUS-CMP), funded by the European Commission from Dec 2008 until Jan 2010. The project was coordinated by the Chair of Applied English Linguistics, University of Tübingen and involves five other partner institutions from Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Turkey. The aim of icEurope was to explore the method of telecollaboration for authentic and interactive intercultural language learning.
Four classes (10/11th grades) from 4 countries (BG, HU, IT, TR) collaborated in international online teams in Moodle using English as their lingua franca.
The icEurope teachers
icEurope combines 3 main strands for research and development:
- intercultural communication and intercultural competence development
- second and foreign language learning research with a focus on English and English as a lingua franca (ELF)
- web technologies, e-learning and CALL, i.e. computer assisted language learning
Within icEurope, the project group has been investigating theoretical and methodological synergies between these three strands to create learning, teaching and training materials with a focus on intercultural language learning through web collaboration.