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ID : 340
Original submission :
Title : The International Virtual Exchange Project - teachers' perspectives
Type : Symposium (80 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract :

Virtual Exchange (VE) can be a daunting process. "How does one find a partner? What platform can I use? What if something goes wrong - who will help?" These are the fears that are very real for the beginner VE practitioner. The International Virtual Exchange Project (IVEProject) was created to assuage some of those fears and to enable any language teacher to easily incorporate VE into their language classes. The IVEProject has had almost 15000 students and 200 teachers from 14 countries in South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe participating in a number of virtual exchanges over the last three years. Students interact asynchronously online in English as a lingua franca on a Moodle platform. This roundtable discussion brings together a number of teachers who have participated in the IVEProject to discuss the different ways they are using it in their classes, in addition to sharing their stories of how they got involved. Participants will outline its benefits as well as any problems they have with it. Participants will hear first-hand stories from beginner and "veteran" users of the IVEProject and will be able to decide if they wish to join it at some time in the future.

Keywords : Virtual Exchange, teacher training, perspectives
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Main presenter : Mr. Eric Hagley
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Affiliation : Muroran Institute of Technology (Muroran, Japan)
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Biography :

Eric Hagley is an associate professor at Muroran Institute of Technology in the north of Japan. He created the International Virtual Exchange Project (IVEProject) which has had over 15,000 students from 14 countries participating in Virtual Exchange (VE) over the last 4 years. The IVEProject continues to expand and is one of many VE that are changing the way communicative language teaching is being taught. He has written and presented on VE extensively. He is the co-chair and president of the Asia Pacific Virtual Exchange Association (APVEA) and was vice-president of PacCALL from 2009 to 2018. He is also head of the Quiz Quality Assurance Project for MoodleReader (mReader).

Co-presenters : Co-presenter (2) : Mr. Joseph DIAS (Aoyama Gakuin University) Co-presenter (3) : Mr. Matthew Cotter (Hokusei Gakuen Junior College)
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Date added : Wednesday, 13 March 2019, 11:01 AM [JST]
Date modified : Wednesday, 13 March 2019, 11:01 AM [JST]
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Peer review :
Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 332-S
Schedule day : Aug 10th (Sat)
Schedule time : 14: 10 - 14: 35
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : A103
Schedule room seats : 30 seats
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