Virtual exchange in teacher education: focus on L2 writing

Hilliker S. M., YOL Ö.

ELT JOURNAL, vol.76, no.1, pp.11-19, 2022 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 76 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/elt/ccab071
  • Journal Name: ELT JOURNAL
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Applied Science & Technology Source, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.11-19
  • Keywords: virtual exchange, L2 writing, teacher candidates, TESOL, LANGUAGE, CULTURE
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Virtual exchange, as a global social practice, provides language teacher candidates with opportunities to connect their global peers and language learners. Integrated into teacher education, virtual exchange practices enhance teacher candidates' professional and pedagogical knowledge and practices. This study details a virtual exchange program between TESOL teacher candidates in Poland and the US and examines the transformations in teacher candidates' understanding and perspectives of theories and pedagogies of L2 writing. The findings of this single case indicate that virtual exchange is a strategy that can have productive outcomes that are worthy of further investigation as a means of broadening TESOL teachers' knowledge and pedagogies of L2 writing.