English Language Learning Beyond the Borders: Constructing E-Collaborative Learning between Students of Different Regions

Mohamed, Mimi Nahariah Azwani and Md Ngadiran, Nurizah and Abd Samad, Nurzarina and Ahmad Powzi, Nor Fadhilah (2020) English Language Learning Beyond the Borders: Constructing E-Collaborative Learning between Students of Different Regions. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 8 (5A). pp. 108-113. ISSN 2332-3213

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The continuous claim about the unsatisfactory performance of Malaysian graduates during interviews and at workplace in relation to their communication skills in English is alarming. This raises questions about the extent to which future workforce is prepared for this globalised world which requires them to interact and collaborate with individuals not only from their own country but also from other countries. At higher learning institutions, many English language educators face challenges in creating language learning environment that supports intercultural communication. In preparing future workforce for international communication, English language teaching and learning needs to go beyond the four walls of a classroom, over to other regions. An alternative to provide such language learning environment is by designing e-collaborative learning that provides opportunities for language learners to learn the language with students from other countries in a meaningful way. This paper showcases the impacts of e-collaborative English language learning conducted between engineering students of one technical university in Malaysia and one higher learning institution in Bordeaux, France for about one semester. At the end of the semester, the students from both countries wrote a reflection of their experience. The data from the reflective writing were analysed using thematic analysis to highlight the impacts of the e-collaborative learning on students' intercultural communicative competence. This study highlights key considerations to structure e-collaborative language teaching and learning among students of different regions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collaborative Learning, Intercultural Communication, Peer Learning, E-Collaboration
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P1 - 85 General
Divisions: Center for Language Studies > Department of English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Mr. Shahrul Ahmad Bakri
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2022 06:35
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 06:35
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/6589

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