It is often assumed that students will somehow be naturally prepared to navigate online interactions effectively and efficiently. This assumption is often held in the field of foreign language education by teachers who undertake virtual exchanges. However, there is considerable evidence in the literature to suggest that students who participate in virtual exchanges are usually not naturally aware of effective communication strategies in asynchronous or in synchronous communicative contexts. This handbook is designed for virtual exchange teachers to help support students effectively use these tools.
The Mentoring Handbook for Virtual Exchange Teachers was developed by one of the 2021 sponsored research teams, which you can learn more about here under the heading “Best Practices for Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication in Virtual Exchange” here.