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Virtual Inter-culturality: E-Learning applied to Foreign/ Second Languages Teaching

Isabel Marques.


This article deals with the issue of e-Learning applied to the process of teaching languages of host nations to immigrants. E-Learning is seen as a potentially democratising, personalising and collaborative teaching methodology that allows the user great flexibility in terms of time and space, going beyond physical borders and geographical limitations. This helps give added value to the language and culture of the organising country, so as to encourage a healthy inter-culturality and full socio-cultural integration of the immigrant in the host country.
Thus, there is a pressing need for co-operation between teachers, web designers and webmasters, leading to the design of digital products that are user-friendly in terms of educational contents, interface design and functionality. This will be a step towards fulfilling the strategic objectives established at the Lisbon European Summit (March 2000) and the resulting plan from that meeting – E-EUROPE- whose challenge is to stimulate the design of digital contents "in a multilingual and multicultural environment". (European Commission, Information Society Department, E-CONTENT, working programme for 2001-2002, p.3)

Presenters

Isabel Marques  (Portugal)
Student of a Master in Communication Sciences
Scientific Area of Communication Sciences Human Sciences Faculty
Catholic University of Portugal

I´m a Portuguese as a Foreign/Second Language Teacher and I have now concluded the academic year of a Master in Communication Sciences. I´m specialising myself on e-Learning applied to foreign languages teaching. Therefore last June I attended as a speaker a Congress focused on Immigration and Inter-culturality which happened in Spain.

Keywords
  • E-Learning
  • Distance training
  • Democratisation
  • Interactivity
  • Collaborative learning
  • Personalisation
  • Flexibility
  • Tutoring
  • Teaching contents
  • Inter-culturality
Person as Subject
  • Barajas, M. Carneiro, Roberto. Lagarto, José. Nielsen, Jacob. Rens, Johan Van. Santos, Arnaldos Varis, Tapio.



(Virtual Presentation, English)