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Computer-Mediated-Communication and Foreign Language Education

, Università di Padova, Italy

Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society Volume 8, Number 3, ISSN 1826-6223 e-ISSN 1826-6223 Publisher: Italian e-Learning Association


Since the early 1990s, the increasing availability of the computer and the advent of the Internet have led to a new form of communication which helps overcome the limits of time and space, namely that which researchers and scholars refer to as Computer-Mediated-Communication (CMC). The aim of this paper is to provide a brief description of CMC, its distinctive features and its potential benefits for foreign language learning. The paper begins with a brief historic perspective on CMC in relation to Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) practices and Network-Based Language Teaching (NBLT), i.e. language teaching activities carried out by means of local or global communication networks. It then looks at the potential benefits of CMC in foreign language education.


Guarda, M. (2012). Computer-Mediated-Communication and Foreign Language Education. Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, 8(3), 15-27. Italian e-Learning Association. Retrieved February 20, 2020 from .



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