Stephanie Wössner has been a foreign language teacher in English, French and Japanese since 2008. She has contributed to various conferences as a speaker like Cyberlangues Aix-en-Provence and Cyberlangues Belleville-sur-Saône, Learntec, Karlsruhe and has been a speaker at a number of webconferences. Stephanie has carried out a French-German school project with Christophe Jaeglin Un autre monde/ Eine andere Welt. This project has received a number of awards. The project started in 2012 and is still on going. “Un autre monde / Eine andere Welt” is a virtual exchange project we’ve been conducting since 2012. It’s a global simulation scheme, which means our students invent their own identities, in our case the German students become French and the French students become German, Austrian or Swiss. The teachers involved have their own fictional identities.
The frame of our project is a fictional European programme called “European Youth”. The main idea of this project is that teenagers from Europe live together as roomates (mixed groups) and live and learn together about each other’s cultures. Tasks are presented as “Machinimas” (videos from the virtual world of Second Life), the students work together using Web 2.0 tools (Edmodo, ToonDoo, TitanPad …). In this interview Stephanie highlights how her students’ engage in work and how using technology can enhance collaboration and communication in language learning, resulting in better learning outcomes.
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