Teaching and Learning Online: A Collaboration between U.S. and Taiwanese Students

July 17, 2003

To prepare U.S. preservice teachers for online teaching and reaching diverse learners and to provide English instruction to Taiwanese students, American and Taiwanese university students corresponded by e-mail. U.S. preservice teachers explored theory and practice of online instruction, corresponded as tutors to teach English language and American culture, and reflected on their experiences. Taiwanese students practiced English and exchanged cultural information. This research explores documentation of the online teaching and learning experience to identify benefits and limitations of online teaching and learning, online teaching strategies, and cultural aspects associated with crosscultural collaboration. (Keywords: distance learning, ESL, teacher training, telecommunications.)

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