JoLIE 8/2015

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Developing communicative competence in ESL adult learners through the implementation of A computer-mediated learning tool



Artur Urbaniak

Centre of Languages and Communication

Poznań University of Technology, Poland






The aim of the article is to discuss current issues concerning adult learning theories in ESL and to emphasize the importance of adapting curricula to the actual needs of grown up people in increasingly more complex societies. Although cutting-edge technologies offer a number of possibilities that can facilitate the process of foreign language acquisition, it remains doubtful whether computer-mediated learning tools can really contribute to developing true communicative competence as opposed to simple linguistic competence. It seems that forming a Transcultural Learning Environment (TLE) would be most suitable for developing communicative competence in adult learners.


Keywords: Adult learners; Andragogy; Heutagogy; Computer-based learning; Communicative competence.





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How to cite this article: Urbaniak, A. (2015). Developing communicative competence in ESL adult learners through the implementation of a computer-mediated learning tool. Journal of Linguistic and Intercultural Education –  JoLIE, 8, 225238. DOI:



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