Project summary

TeCoLa: Pedagogical Differentiation through Telecollaboration and Gaming for Intercultural and Content Integrated Language Teaching

The TeCoLa project brings together experts in the fields of foreign language education, intercultural telecollaboration, teacher education, and technology mediated pedagogy from six countries (Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and UK). Focus is on developing and testing innovative gamified telecollaboration approaches for secondary schools that address issues of learning diversity in intercultural and content integrated language learning and teaching. At the very heart of the learning process are authentic task-based interactions among peers from different socio-cultural, educational and language backgrounds using telecollaboration for communicating and collaborate internationally.


TeCoLa aims:

1. To empower pre- & in-service teachers to use telecollaboration and gamification in order to:

  • facilitate intercultural communicative competence development as a prime objective of foreign language learning and European citizenship building,

  • create conditions for real-life communication in a foreign language in lingua franca or tandem constellations with a potential for incidental language learning,

  • foster autonomous collaboration and authenticity as key principles of task-based learning,

  • strengthen personalized learning and learner agency as part of a differentiated pedagogy approach.

2. To internationalise education by integrating telecollaboration at schools to innovate, enrich and make language teaching programmes more meaningful and effective.
3. To contribute to the integration of all pupils regardless of their background by promoting intercultural dialogue in telecollaboration events among diverse populations of pupils from secondary schools across Europe.

4. To exploit the possibilities web 2.0 applications, virtual worlds, serious games and gamification offer with a view to diversifying teaching and facilitating content integrated language learning alongside with intercultural dialogue and play in telecollaboration encounters.TeCoLa addresses two main target groups:

1. A diversity of secondary educational institutions including

  • schools that pay special attention to meaningful and intensified foreign language practice in their curricula (bilingual education, CLIL, LinQ schools in NL),

  • Dalton/Montessori schools,

  • vocational education,

  • schools where language learning and teaching is a challenge because of cultural, cognitive, social, or financial diversity.

2. Teacher education institutions as carriers of pedagogical innovation and reform at secondary schools through professional development of both pre-service and in-service teachers.

 TeCoLa outputs

TeCoLa will develop a multimodular approach for professional teacher development around task-based gamified telecollaboration. The TeCoLa OER pool serves as an online one-stop shop with all educational resources created in the project’s lifetime to support teachers and teacher educators with an interest in gamified telecollaboration for improved foreign language learning at secondary schools. The following elements will be included:

  • teacher development modules covering gamified telecollaboration for intercultural communication and European citizenship building, content integrated and vocational language learning, differentiated pedagogical practices, and learner preparation;

  • telecollaboration tasks for intercultural communication, gamification, subject knowledge acquisition and sharing, and assessment;

  • online pedagogical video guides for teacher training and course support;

  • case study reports on piloting activities involving gamified telecollaboration for differentiated foreign language learning under conditions of learning diversity.

TeCoLa will provide tailor-made pedagogical training activities to teachers and teacher educators to develop their competencies and get them started with their own telecollaboration-enhanced courses. Teachers in the six project countries will participate in piloting courses in connection with the TeCoLa case studies. The entire process of course creation, implementation and evaluation will be accompanied by a continuous coaching collaboration between the teachers involved and a TeCoLa telecollaboration expert.

In addition to the project’s direct impact on the participating teachers, the project will also ensure a long-term impact on teachers and teacher educators through the combined effect of three measures: the open availability of tried-and-tested educational resources, a series of regional/national and European workshops, webinars and Multiplier Events, and the TeCoLa networking and community building facilities on the TeCoLa website.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Virtual Exchanges aka Telecollaboration are an innovative form of online learning which engages learners in interaction and collaboration with classes in distant locations through online communication technologies under the guidance of teachers or trained facilitators. In contrast to many forms of online learning which are based on the transfer of information through video lectures and shared files, telecollaboration is based on student-centred, collaborative approaches to learning where knowledge and understanding are constructed through learner-interaction and negotiation.
If you are…
a post-graduate student
a telecollaboration practitioner
a university lecturer or
a teacher
…wishing to enter the research field or to expand your research scope…
We are organizing the 1st International Telecollaboration Research Workshop under the auspices of the UNIcollaboration orgnanization. The Universitat de València, Spain and the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Spain have the honour of holding the seminar which will take place at the Facultat de Filologia, Traducció i Comunicació (follow link to see location).

Our seminar will include:

  • A handy introduction into the research on telecollaboration

  • what electronic corpora can tell us about foreign language learning

  • principles of discourse analysis

  • multimodal meaning making: what it is and why it is important

Keynote speakers and workshop facilitators:

  • Corpus linguistics (Pascual Pérez-Paredes)

  • Understanding digital communication: an interactional sociolinguistic approach (Erika Darics)

  • Multimodal meaning making (Regine Hampel & Helen Lee)


There are two types of attendance:

  • Attendance in situ at keynote talks and workshops

    • Academic and Research Staff: 100 euros

    • UNIcollaboration members: 80 euros

    • Registered Research Students: 50 euros

  • Online attendance at keynote talks only: 20 euros

Given the limited capacity for attendance at workshops, we will accept those who wish to physically attend the event on a strictly first-come-first-served basis. If you want to join us, register here! If you can’t make it to Valencia, register for online attendance!

Links to information on Valencia, maps, hotels

Guide to Valencia

Maps available on the Visit Valencia app

Organized by
– Departament de Filologia Anglesa i AlemanyaIULMA and AngloTIC
(Universitat de València)
– CAMILLE and Departament de Lingüística Aplicad(Universitat Politècnica de València)

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