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Volume 14 Number 2, 2023
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Luo, H. (2023). Teaching Chinese Language and Culture Through Chinese-American Virtual Exchange: A Pedagogical Reflection. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 14(2), 76-92.
[骆涵. (2023). 虚拟文化交流与对外汉语教学:教学反思. 科技与中文教学 (Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching), 14(2), 76-92.]

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Despite its increasing popularity and widely reported success, the use of virtual exchange has not been very popular in the field of Chinese as a foreign language (CFL). The Chinese language program at a U.S. liberal arts college has been experimenting with various types of virtual exchange projects in partnership with Chinese students at a Chinese university in China in the past years. To further promote virtual exchange in the CFL field, this article attempts to provide a pedagogical reflection of one of the telecollaborative exchanges implemented at this college, outlining the description of the exchange, the rationale of the project design, learning outcomes, pedagogical challenges, and practical implications for future Chinese-American virtual exchange projects. The positive learning outcomes of the described exchange indicate that the combination of the e-tandem model and the telecollaboration model poses a promising direction for future virtual exchanges. The reported pedagogical challenges reveal that Chinese language instructors need to take a wide range of factors into consideration in virtual exchange design, including time difference, target language proficiency gap, workload, task type, and more.


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