International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online)

Using a Global Virtual Learning Community to Enhance L2 Language Teaching: Connecting ESL and EFL Teachers in a Synchronous/Asynchronous Environment
Patricia Davis-Wiley, Landon Mark Scott

Abstract
This article presents a descriptive study of a virtual learning community (VLT) established to connect pre-service ESL teachers (N=6) at a Southeastern U.S. university with a group of EFL teachers (N=6) at a university in Turkey. The VLT used both asynchronous (e-journaling, blogs) and synchronous (i.e., SKYPE, Google Hangout, FaceTime) communication to support an environment in which both groups could share common challenges of and instructional methods for teaching English to non-native English speakers in addition to providing an open forum for discussing educational and cultural issues common to both cohort groups of teachers. Results of the study were mostly favorable, following qualitative analysis of the asynchronous ejournal entries (posted on the PB works wiki-website which supported the VLC), and the post-project survey completed by all participants.

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