The positive impact of authentic communication in distance second language acquisition.

Liesbeth De Paepe, Koen De Pryck, Jeroen Hendrickx

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper


This paper discusses how the positive impact of authentic communication on
the motivation and the language proficiency level of learners of a second language in the
areas where that language is the administrative and/or colloquial language can be used to
compensate partly for the relative loss of social processes in blended and distance
learning. Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) can make blended and distance
language courses more interactive and personal. Bringing authentic communication with
the real world into the language course is also possible by employing an e-portfolio.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2012 (pp. 1525-1534). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventE-Learn 2012, AACE - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 8 Oct 201212 Oct 2012


ConferenceE-Learn 2012, AACE


  • language proficiency
  • CMC
  • authentic communication
  • speaking skills


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