Presentation A: Identity, Language and Power Dynamics in Online Exchange
Francesca Helm, Researcher, Department of Politics, Law and International Studies, University of Padova, Italy
Abstract: This presentation looks at the different identities participants can draw upon as they engage in COIL and how identities can affect power dynamics and participation. This research-based presentation draws on data from recorded sessions and reflective diaries of students at the University of Padova who have participated in the Soliya Connect Program over the last five years.
Presentation B: Improving Intercultural Competence through Online Joint-Seminars with University Students from the U.S. and Sweden
Mariya Aida Niendorf, Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Högskolan Dalarna/Dalarna University, Sweden
Yumi Takamiya, Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Alabama
Abstract: In this project, university students from the United States and Sweden took part in online joint-seminars discussing issues regarding 'identity' in Japanese for one semester. The effect of such interactions on students' intercultural competence were examined using survey-, interview-, and observation-data. The results suggest that, through this kind of online exchanges, positive changes could be observed not only in the students' foreign language skills, but also in the students' views on identity and other culture