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Language Learning Technology http llt msu edu vol7num3 towndrow September 2003 Volume 7 Number 3 pp 160 163 EXTENDING THE SCOPE OF TELE COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS A commentary inspired by Jean W LeLoup Robert Ponterio s Tele Collaborative Projects Monsters com Language Learning Technology Volume 7 Number 2 Phillip A Towndrow National Institute of Education Singapore At its best the Web provides a stimulating source of language teaching ideas Indeed no sooner had I finished reading LeLoup and Ponterio s article I was browsing Jane Scalpen s home page and thinking of ways in which tele collaborative projects like her Dessinez moi un Monstre Draw me a Monster can be extended through the use of cooperative and collaborative language learning methods There are two reasons for doing this First given a stronger theoretical and practical foundation language learning outcomes can be more easily set and monitored Second from a sound pedagogical base it is hoped that even greater language learning value can be extracted from the Information and Communications Technology ICT used To recall Dessinez moi un Monstre is a class based interdisciplinary project that is designed to exploit the Internet as a medium of interaction Following the registration of students as participants in the project descriptions and drawings of a monster are prepared and sent to the project coordinator Subsequently the written texts are redistributed to other project participants who are tasked to draw the monster in question from the description provided Scope is also provided for learners to write descriptions based on original drawings The project ends with the participants comparing their texts and or drawings with the creators originals posted on specially prepared Web pages EVALUATION Students work on Scalpen s Web site provides evidence of imagination and active participation Dessinez moi un Monstre comes across as a fun project that extends the boundaries of the physical classroom by providing a



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