Book Review: Researching Online Foreign Language Interaction and Exchange, Theories, Methods and Challenges


  • Marta Guarda Università degli Studi di Padova


This book looks at online interaction and exchange which is a language teaching approach that has increasingly attracted the attention of researchers and practitioners in the field of foreign language (FL) education. The book outlines some of the key theoretical approaches, methods and tools that have been productively applied to the study of this type of interaction.



telecollaboration, EFL, research methods


Byram, M. (1997). Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence. Clevedon:Multilingual Matters.

Crystal, D. (2006). Language and the Internet (Second Edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Guth, S. and Helm, F. (Eds.) (2010). Telecollaboration 2.0: Language Literacies and Intercultural Learning in the 21st Century. Bern: Peter Lang.

Kaptelinin, V. and Nardi, B.A. (2006). Acting with technology: activity theory and interaction design. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Kramsch, C. (1993). Context and culture in language teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Liaw, M.L (2006) “E-learning and the development of intercultural communicative competence”. LLT 10(3), p. 49-64.

Author Biography

Marta Guarda, Università degli Studi di Padova

Marta Guarda is a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics and English Studies at the University of Padova (Italy), and a lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the Scuola Superiore Universitaria per Mediatori Linguistici of Padova. Her research interests include: telecollaboration, intercultural communicative competence, foreign language teaching, learner corpora and pragmatics. For the purposes of her research, she has been working on several telecollaboration projects involving both Italian students and native speakers of English, and non-native speakers of different nationalities using English as a lingua franca. She is particularly interested in the role of online technologies in enhancing language learning and intercultural communicative competence.




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