​​COIL, COILer, COILing: English Language Learners Participating in Collaborative Online International Learning


This presentation of practitioner research in education is based on the experiences of an English language teacher taking part for the first time in a collaborative online international learning project, otherwise known as COIL. Synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods were used for English language learners to meet and work with students from other countries. The collaboration took place virtually between two institutions of higher education, located on different sides of the globe, namely Mexico and Singapore. Students met to work in teams on a project, creating an authentic situation to practice the target language. The experience provided students with intercultural and transnational learning through interaction, collaboration and taking ownership of their learning. This presentation serves to provide a practical reference for colleagues and educators who may wish to explore the feasibility of taking part in such a project. The benefits, as well as the challenges, are considered followed by recommendations based on first-hand experiences and reflections.

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Damaris Carlisle, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Judith Luna Saenz, Universidad De La Salle Bajío, Mexico

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Conference: SEACE2023
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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