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Institutional Integrated Teletandem: building a multimodal databank for Applied Linguistics Research


Institutional integrated teletandem modality are carried out by telecollaborative partnerships between Brazilian students who are learning a foreign language and foreign students who are learning Portuguese. The activities are developed through VOIP synchronous tools, are linked to the curriculum and organized to fullfill the learning needs of students. They also follow the main principles of tandem practice: separation of languages, autonomy and reciprocity. The objectives of this project are: (i) understand how the multiple genres that originate within institutional integrated teletandem practice are characterized (ii) determine how these genres differ from the ones that are generated in different contexts (iii) search the ways by which these genres are interwined (iv) expand the knowledge about the genres in order to aid the sucess of partnerships (v) build a databank to allow systematic and wide research of telecollaborative partnerships (vi) organize the databank following strict protocol of collection and sistematization (vii) characterize the activity system in teletandem environment as a complex genre system. Our starting point is Aranha, Luvizari-Murad e Moreno (2015) proposal, which will be reorganized and used to generated a new collecting, organization and sistematization protocol.Nowadays, databank is composed of 655 hours of oral teletandem session, 477 texts which contain chat information of participants, 849 learning journals, 180 questionnaries, 1444 texts both in Portuguese and English. These data will be reorganized based upon the idea that teletandem practice is an activity system that generate specific genres dependent on the context. From this reorganization, new data generation will follow. This databank is available to grad and undergrad students who are interested in studying diverse aspects of telecollaborative learning. We expect to expand this access. (AU)

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