This study reports on the 2019-2020 October-February cycle of project BMELTET (Blending Massive Open Online Courses in English Teacher Education with Telecollaboration). The project blends the MOOC Understanding Language (Futurelearn) with telecollaboration (or Collaborative Online International Learning – COIL or Virtual Exchange, VE). It involves students enrolled on teacher education courses at both undergraduate level (from Spain) and postgraduate level (from the UK and China). This work discusses some of the challenges encountered in this 2019-2020 pre-COVID cycle and proposes, in line with other previous related studies, that telecollaboration (or COIL or VE, Virtual Exchange) is troublesome for students as it takes them out of their comfort zone. It does not align with what they were expecting to study at university. At the same time, BMELTET illustrates the gains that students and staff can make when engaging in such a project and its transformational impact on their beliefs
|Title of host publication||EuroCALL Gathering Proceedings|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 8 Oct 2020|
- : telecollaboration, English language teacher education, COIL, MOOC, Blended.