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ERIC Number: EJ1125670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1657-0790
The Impact of Authentic Materials and Tasks on Students' Communicative Competence at a Colombian Language School
Castillo Losada, César Augusto; Insuasty, Edgar Alirio; Jaime Osorio, María Fernanda
PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, v19 n1 p89-104 Jan-Jun 2017
This article reports on a study carried out in a foreign language school at a Colombian public university. Its main purpose was to analyze the extent to which the use of authentic materials and tasks contributes to the enhancement of the communicative competence on an A2 level English course. A mixed study composed of a quasi-experimental and a descriptive-qualitative research design was implemented by means of a pre-test, a post-test, observations, semi-structured interviews, surveys, and diaries. The findings showed that the use of authentic materials and tasks, within the framework of a pedagogical project, had an impact on students' communicative competence progress and on the teaching practices of the experimental group teacher.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia
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