Multimedia technologies and online task-based foreign language teaching-learning

Keywords: task-based teaching and learning, foreign languages, online communicative practices, multimedia resources, e-learning


Teaching and learning a foreign language at a distance implies many challenges, namely regarding oral skills. At Universidade Aberta (the Portuguese Open University), and taking into account its virtual pedagogical model (Pereira, 2007) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Alves, 2001), we suggest curricular paths which include online communicative practices, both oral and written, within the present pedagogical offer, following a student-centred, task-oriented approach. Thus, in this text, we share some examples of training activities in German, French and English, focusing on oral practice, and based on digital resources. These digital resources comprise multimedia materials, either produced by the teachers or the students, as well as other materials available on the web 2.0. Our teaching and research practice within the field of foreign languages and in e-learning, in particular, leads us to conclude that the multimedia resources used are suitable for the online teaching and learning of foreign languages (see third question of questionnaire), especially for professionally engaged adults, as is the case with Universidade Aberta’s students, providing them with real-life situations that foster the teaching-learning of languages in the virtual environment. We include responses to a questionnaire survey filled out by a group of students.

Received: 09 May 2018
Accepted: 28 May 2018
Published online: 31 May 2018


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Author Biography

Ana Maria de Jesus Ferreira Nobre, Universidade Aberta, Portugal

PhD, works at the Education Department, Universidade Aberta (Portugal). After living and studying in Paris, she currently teaches at Universidade Aberta where she has taught since 1998, having previously been a Professor at the Sorbonne University, Paris. She completed a PhD in Didactologie des langues et des Cultures from the University Sorbonne Paris III. She is dedicated to the teaching of foreign languages in eLearning, to digital resources for learning in online environments and recently to the didactic eLearning and gamification in education. She was coordinator of the project “Teaching / learning languages online” and “@ L2L - Open Language Teaching and Learning”, and researcher of @ssess project of the Distance Education Laboratory and eLearning (FCT, 2010-2013) where she investigated the problem of digital alternative assessment of orality. Mail:


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How to Cite
Nobre, Ana Maria de Jesus Ferreira. 2018. “Multimedia Technologies and Online Task-Based Foreign Language Teaching-Learning”. Tuning Journal for Higher Education 5 (2), 75-97.