Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Communication and Language in Virtual Spaces, January 2023 Pp. 3-16
International E-Tandems: A Tool for Increasing Student Motivation in the Foreign
CREA- EA370: GReMLIN Research Group
Université Paris Nanterre, France
Corresponding Author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Romance Studies
Received:10/10/2022 Accepted:12/06/2022 Published: 01/20/2023
This study presents findings from an online collaborative project involving students learning English at the University of Paris Nanterre (France) and students learning French at Cornell University (USA). Our main goal was to determine the impact of e-tandems on language learner motivation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all courses at these two institutions were offered online, a move that greatly complicated the use of interactive group activities. This change represented a major threat to learner motivation and the development of communication skills in the target language. To counteract these effects, language teachers from the two universities organized an online e-tandem program; pairs of students composed of one American learner of French and one French learner of English had three virtual meetings to complete activities relevant to their studies. During these meetings, they were to alternate between speaking English and French. Following each exchange, students completed journal entries about their experience using the target language. Results indicated that the e-tandem program was a positive experience for students, with many reporting higher levels of intended learning effort and being able to see themselves as competent language users. These findings highlight the didactic potential of virtual exchanges.
Keywords: e-tandems, foreign language classrooms, languages for specific purposes, motivation, online
exchange, speaking skills
Cite as: Schug, D., & Torea, T. (2023). International E-Tandems: A Tool for Increasing Student Motivation in the Foreign Language Classroom. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Communication and Language in Virtual Spaces, January 2023. 3-16
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