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dc.contributor.authorWalker, UGen_US
dc.contributor.authorvom Brocke, Cen_US
dc.contributor.editorBaerenfaenger, Oen_US
dc.contributor.editorAmling, Ben_US
dc.contributor.editorNickenig, Cen_US
dc.date.available2012en_US
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationFremdsprachen und Hochschule [Foreign languages in higher education], 2012, 85 pp. 5 - 38 (33)en_US
dc.identifier.issn0178-0336en_US
dc.description.abstractFostering foreign language competencies for specific purposes in higher education contexts often relies on classroom-focused and text-based forms of language teaching. Yet this form of learning makes it difficult to develop the kind of real-life communicative and cognitive skills future graduates are likely to need. Global business life nowadays typically involves international cooperation and is often set in virtual space, where various members from different countries or contexts come together to collaborate. This calls for "agile communication skills" which enable learners to respond to the communicative needs in evolving collaborations. Web-based language learning has created new opportunities to promote these forms of communication in the foreign language classroom. However, research shows that the mere adoption of technology does not suffice on its own to motivate language learner to interact. Design principles need to be identified and carefully implemented to promote communicative activity among students, for example in eGroups, which promote joint project work online with distributed partners over a specific period of time. This paper reports on the conceptualization and implementation of an eGroup in a longitudinal study designed to foster collaboration among foreign language learners at Massey University in New Zealand and the University of Münster in Germany. We introduce the notion of "agile communication skills" which are evidenced in our case study data and reinforce the need to adopt new forms of communication. Finally, we evaluate the matured eGroup model and its potential for promoting agile communication skills in a university setting. (Verlag).en_US
dc.format.extent5 - 38 (33)en_US
dc.languageGermanen_US
dc.publisherAKSen_US
dc.titleAgile Kommunikationskompetenz: Herausforderungen und Loesungsansaetze fuer den Fremdsprachenunterricht an Hochschulen durch Interaktion in neuen Medien. [Agile communicative competence: Challenges and solutions for foreign language teaching in higher education via interaction in new media]en_US
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.citation.volume85en_US
dc.description.confidentialfalseen_US
dc.identifier.elements-id187613
dc.relation.isPartOfFremdsprachen und Hochschule [Foreign languages in higher education]en_US
dc.description.notesby invitationen_US
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Humanities and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Humanities and Social Sciences/School of Humanities
dc.identifier.harvestedMassey_Dark
pubs.notesNot knownen_US


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